Bamboo tea baskets originated in the Song dynasty, and were referred to as “yu qi” to prevent moisture and odor from affecting the aroma of tea. According to The Classic of Tea, “yu qi” is woven with bamboo strips and mounted with paper. To keep the tea dry during rainy days, an ash pan is placed in the middle of the basket.
Tea comes in different forms and requires different storage environments, Benjamin created a tight-plaited and a sparse-plaited tea baskets to meet the needs. The tightly woven tea basket has an inner cloth layer to retain the fragrance of the tea, making it suitable for storing loose tea leaves as they are more susceptible to humidity. The sparsely woven tea basket creates a special visual effect and is suitable for storing tea cakes and tea bricks, allowing users to appreciate the container while having tea.