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Nambu Ironware (Nambu Tekki)

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Nambu Ironware (Nambu Tekki)

Nambu Tekki is the Japanese traditional ironware that was produced in two areas. There are in Morioka City and in Mizusawa City to the south. 'Nambu' is the name of the Edo era around Morioka in Iwate Prefecture.
Production of Nambu ironware is thought to have begun in Morioka City at the end of the 17th century.
A craftsmen started producing ironwares such as tea kettles, weapons, and temple bells. They came from Kyoto.

On the other hand, Casting in Mizusawa City, it is said to have originated with the making of items used in Buddhist ceremonies and armory in the 12th century.

Two factors led to the development of metalworking in both places. Production materials for metal casting were locally available, including metal ores, good quality clay and charcoal. And the industry received protection during the Edo era. The name as 'Nambu Tekki (ironware)' is used to the products of both from around 1960.

Even today, tea pots and kettles are still made by hand using traditional techniques. The Japanese aesthetics(Wabi Sabi) by a craftsman has is reflected to a product.


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