Nambu Tekki Stamping Patterns

Iwachu and Photo: Yasuhiro Ohkawa

Kyoto Women's University, Lifestyle Design Laboratory

Kyoto Women's University, Lifestyle Design Laboratory
Kyōto-shi, Japan

Stamping Patterns

The distinctive patterns that characterize Nambu Tekki are all crafted by hand. To make the neatly embossed dots known as the arare (hailstones) pattern, a special rod is used to stamp small dents, one by one, onto the mold while it is still moist. Some kettles could have about 2000 arare dots. All dots look similar, but their sizes are varied depending on which part of the kettle they will be placed.


  • Title: Nambu Tekki Stamping Patterns
  • Creator: Iwachu, Photo: Yasuhiro Ohkawa
  • Rights: ©Iwachu

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