Refillable water bottles have become one of Japan's major exports: tourists from all over the world, particularly Asia, buy them by the dozen. And when it comes to examples like the Tiger Stainless Steel Chic Classic Drink Bottle, you can immediately understand why. Consisting of three designs/colors, the blue katagami, the red kanoko, and the white and green washi, this series is a great balance between traditional and contemporary Japanese design.
Katagami are patterns used in the making of kimono fabric, while kanoko is a method of squeezing and tying the kimono fabric before dyeing it. Washi is, of course, the incredibly high-quality handmade Japanese paper. The creators of this drink bottle have borrowed both the names and appearances of these very characteristic elements of Japanese style to make the bottles much more than just a utility item. Even their packaging in a handmade paulownia box and white fabric bring to mind utensils for the tea ceremony! New meets old in a way that says "Japanese craftsmanship" in no uncertain way.
The Tiger Stainless Steel Chic Classic Drink Bottle features: