Cream White Porcelain Gaiwan 125ml / 4.2oz
A gaiwan is an essential vessel for brewing Gongfu tea.This Gaiwan is perfect for every day use as well as for beginners to practice their Gongfu skills. Gaiwan, meaning “lidded bowl”, consists of a lid, a cup, and a saucer. Each of the individual components has a unique function. In Chinese tea culture, the lid is a metaphor for Heaven, the cup represents a person, and the saucer is the Earth, all existing as one in perfect harmony. The gaiwan was invented during the Ming Dynasty and became popular during the Qing Dynasty. This gaiwan is made of Bai Ci, meaning white porcelain. It came from De Hua, Fujiang province, one of the major porcelain producing regions in China.
A Gaiwan can be used either as a teapot to brew tea, or as a personal tea drinking vessel. The saucer serves as a base of the vessel, and also enables you to hold a cup of hot tea. The cup is for brewing and can also be used as a tea cup. The lid serves as a cover when brewing the tea, and can also be used to move the tea leaves around inside the cup to release more flavor and to strain the leaves while drinking.