re-covering a chaire lid
The only data I have comes from some older correspondence when I asked the same, because I felt the lids were all far too loose in the caddies. Quoting: “You might look in a craft shop for gold leaf. Use a piece of kaishi, paint a piece thinly and evenly with something like Elmer’s Glue (or a similar acrylic glue) and press it to the gold. When dry, paint the other side of the paper with the same kind of glue and put it against the back of the chaire [lid]. Start in the center and slowly work out towards the edges (there is often a ridge at the edge of the bottom of the lid that the gold has to be worked into and around. The hard part is getting the crinkles between there and the outer edge of the lid to fall nicely. When done, and dry, it is then that you use a knife to trim off the edges.” The point is that the thicker soft paper used in the old days was there to make a good seal against the irregularities of the mouth of the caddy. Modern ones all use too thin a paper as backing for the gold leaf. The lid should have to be pressed into the mouth of the caddy, and not rattle around at all. The purpose of the shifuku is to hold the lid tightly against the caddy’s mouth to prevent excessive oxidation of the tea within.
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