Once upon a time
Side A: fabric as picture
Side B: plain black fabric
(Small size around 54 cm x 32 cm)
5 years ago, Teaparker wrote the book 'Cha Xi, Mandala' and taught us to apply the concept of a mandala in our tea experience. This means creating a harmonious setup of functional beauty where the goal is to brew the tea according to its character (= get the best out of it), thanks to a thoughtful selection of appropriate wares, organized in an aesthetically pleasing manner.
First, we have to understand the leaves, and then we'll know how best to brew them, with what equipment and what feeling this will lead us to.
This book has changed my blog and improved my tea experience in a dramatic way. I ditched my wooden tea table and my bamboo tray and started to regularly use a Chabu (tea ceremony fabric). This gave me so many more possibilities to express feelings and create harmonious Chaxi.
Inspired by my mother's quilts, I searched for nice fabrics to create very simple Chabu: one fabric per side. The various colors and designs were a great step forward to create very different atmospheres for my Chaxi. Each Chaxi becomes unique and makes each tea a special experience.
There's another reason why I like using a Chabu: it made me more focused and careful when brewing tea! I don't want to spill too much water on the cloth. On the other hand, I also know that the fabric will absorb some liquids well. There's also a nice silent and soft feeling when brewing on a Chabu.