In Japan, Kiri wood (paulownia) has been used to store delicate or perishable items, such as kimonos and rice, because of its unique characteristics. Kiri shuts out moisture, prevents bug infestations and keeps foods fresh because of the tannins it contains. Click here for the related blog.
This calligraphy box contains two brushes, a black ink stick, a red ink stick, an ink stone, and a water pitcher in a Kiri Suzuribako Box. For those who are not familiar with its usage, just follow these steps. 1. Put a sheet of paper with a felt mat or a pad underneath a paper. 2. Soften the tips of the brushes with your fingers. Leave half of the tips of the brushes unsoftened 3. Put water in the pitcher in order to make ink. 4. Pour a small amount of water (about 2 tbs) onto the stone. 5. Calm your mind and rub the ink stick back and forth slowly on the stone for about 30 seconds. 6. Draw lines or write letters on the paper…experiment by moving the brushes. When you’re done, rinse the tip of the brush with a small amount of water and then dry it off.
Kiri wood tends to be affected by dry environments. If in a dry place, it is best to be kept it in the shade, inside of a drawer, or a glass of water can be placed beside it to create more moisture.
Dimensions: W39 x L122 x H23 mm (W1.54 x L4.80 x H0.906 in)
Made in: Aichi, Nara, Fukushima
Weight: 400.00 g (14.11 oz)
Creator: Studio GALA, designed by Ryoichi Kobayashi
Materials: kiri wood (paulownia)