A lot had changed in the past decades, especially in terms of technology. Take cell phones for instance, it used to be a device for communication. Now, a person own these more more of a status symbol rather than what they actually need. But thankfully, not everything has changed, tea still continues to rule our taste buds. When you buy it from tea suppliers in India, you usually just toss a bag in hot water in a cup.
It is okay for the convention, but there is no denying that when the tea is poured from a teapot, it enhances the essence of tea. After all, several tea suppliers in India offer these along with the tea itself. But for how long have people been doing it? Since we have already covered the history of cups and saucers, you will be surprised to know that teapots came into existence much later than that of cups and saucers.
Tea cultivation and drinking had become a part of civilization since as early as the 4th century, but for a long time, it was mixed and boiled in the bowl itself. It wasn’t until the 14th century, when the trend of brewing tea began. The earliest teapot can be traced back to YiXing region, China.
It was made with purple clay called the ‘Zisha’. It was exceptionally helpful, because it was perfect for both brewing and drinking from. You can still find some of the teapots made with this clay at several tea accessories stores.
The tea drinking became an important part of life of the people by the 15th century, especially in the Chinese and Japanese ceremonies. This led to further modification of teapots in term of aesthetics. The Japanese artists used the red clay available in the local are using the Chinese technique. Also, their artwork on the teapot was largely inspired from the nature.
In the 17th century, the fate of teapot changed drastically. Cast iron was used instead to make these. The name modified into ‘tetsubin’, which was kept in the fireplace to heat water rather than just serving tea. With time, designs and patterns were added to improve its looks.
In the 18th century, teapots and tea were exported from China to Europe. The Europeans stuck with the technique, but replaced the material with local ones. Thus, the porcelain teapots came into existence.
The silver teapots were made and used by affluent and aristocrat families in the 19th century. It got a royal seal in the era of Queen Victoria. Simultaneously, pewter teapot and teaware were used by the less wealthy population.
By the end of the 20th century, the teapots made up of glass became quite popular. Several times these include a detachable infuser for convenience. Along with it, the previously used teapots are still being used in several parts of the world, often as a symbolic representation of the past.
Don’t let the aesthetics of the teapot ruin the essence of tea. Enjoy your tea while it is still hot!