Kyoto Washi Tray - Plum, Bamboo, Pine


Sho-chiku-bai - plum, bamboo and pine - are the Three Friends of Winter. They remain green, and have come to symbolise hope, determination, and resilience. This beautiful and intriguing pattern is from the Muromachi period (1336-1573).  


These little trays are perfect cup coasters. They are excellent for holding small items, such as jewellery, keys, coins, or desk stationery. And because they are wipe clean, they are ideal for presenting your mid-morning snacks!


Our beautiful washi trays come from an enchanting machiya store called Suzuki Shofudo, which is located in one of the old back lanes of Kyoto.


Suzuki Shofudo was established in Kyoto in 1893 as a manufacturer of traditional paper items. Kyoto is renowned for its beautiful kimono, and the kimono patterns are the inspiration for the paper patterns, which are dyed using a very traditional starch-resist technique. Repeated dyeing creates the beautiful rich colours!


You can find out more about our washi trays here!


Our washi trays are made traditionally from paper, so please use a damp tea towel to gently wipe them clean :)

Kyoto Washi Paper Tray - Plum, Bamboo, Pine

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Zusetsu - An English company passionate about contemporary textiles originating from the traditional, creative heritage of Kyoto.

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