Kyoto Washi Square Plate - Haiku
This pattern comes from tanzaku, which is the long and narrow coloured paper used to write waku or haiku poetry.
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 :)