Uniting great craftmanship and stylish design, TWG Tea lacquer ware is entirely made by hand using only the most natural materials and techniques. Originally invented for waterproofing as well as decorative purposes, lacquer ware was for centuries reserved exclusively for nobility due to lengthy and painstaking manufacturing processes. Lacquer is made of natural resin and is processed for over forty hours to obtain its celebrated texture and finish. Each tea tray is coated with 15 to 20 layers of natural lacquer over a period of 90 days, after which each tea tray is carefully polished, ready to be used and enjoyed. The TWG Tea My Tea Tray features an intimate design and is truly the essential accessory to accompany those precious moments of private appreciation. Since natural lacquer is a living material; to preserve your TWG Tea lacquer ware, cleanse with warm water, mild soap and a soft sponge. Although water resistant, lacquer ware must not be washed in a dishwasher or exposed to high temperatures. To maintain glossy finish, polish occasionally with a soft wax.