Beautiful purple cast iron teapot from Tohoku
Arare dot pattern
How’s this refined purple? There were only black teapots of Nambu Tekki since the history started. But in these days, we can choose the cast iron teapots from various colors (unfortunately, there have been just black tea kettle Tetsubins even today).
Arare which looks like a hobnail means hail in Japanese. When it comes to a traditional Nambu Tekki teapot or kettle, most Japanese people think of an Arare pattern. The hailstones are colored with silver. It really goes well with purple which was a noble color in ancient times of Japan.
Cherry blossom pattern
Cherry blossom (purple and gold)
Actually, the first Arare dot trapezoid teapot is a new form as a Nambu Tekki teapot. Most of the teapots is short and dumpy just like the above three products. They can contain 20 oz water (the trapezoid teapots can contain 13.5 oz). The size is about 5.5 inch in diameter and weight is 3 pound. When you pick up the teapot, you may feel it heavier than you expected. But the stable weight is difficult to happen sideslip accident. And the thickness helps to keep the heat of water.
Honeycomb (silver and lavender)
This one and Cherry blossom (purple and gold) were made by the famous Nambu Tekki factory Iwachu in Iwate Prefecture.
The combination of the honeycomb pattern and matted lavender color is so elegant and calm.