In ancient China, ceramics and the tea culture evolved in harmony, and even today tea drinking is accompanied by aesthetically dazzling chawan, as much meaningful totems as they are practical pieces of pottery.
There has not been such a steady correlation in Nepal, but Shrestha and Suiro Teas want to change that. Shrisha Pradhananga, co-founder of Suiro says that despite the Nepali passion for tea, there has not been a corresponding tea ware.
The pieces at the exhibit are fully functional and on sale. Visitors find a successful meld of tradition and contemporary, among the colours and the clouds, with focus on place and history.
After all, art is not just an idea but a process through which people can sip and drink from the vast beauty of life.
Ask any Nepali and they will echo Uncle Iroh from Avatar: The Last Airbender: “Sick of tea! That’s like being sick of breathing.” The exhibition attests to that.
Art | Tea | Nature Exhibition
By Gopal Kalapremi Shrestha
Siddhartha Art Gallery
Baber Mahal Revisited
Till 10 July 2022