Four Leaves

Handmade Chess Set

€350.00

The newest addition to Four Leaves lifestyle collection is not only a chess game, but also a true design object: the handcrafted piece immediately catches the eye through its colourful depiction of the Esala Perahera, also known as The Festival of the Tooth. The Esala Perahera is the largest traditional parade within Buddhism and takes place every summer in Kandy, the former capital of Sri Lanka. The knights in the game are for that reason replaced by festively decorated elephants and there are a large number of other direct references to this ancient ceremony to be found when you study the pieces carefully. Once, this chess game was an important showpiece for the elite in Sri Lanka but it is however no longer made today due to the great amount of labour, craft and painting that the production of the object requires. Four Leaves therefore went on a search for a craftsman on the island who was still able and willing to produce it in the traditional way and found Mr.Athukorala's workshop. Together with his team of 12 craftsmen, he brought new life into the chess game, by means of fantastic wood carving and meticulous and colourful painting.


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DETAILS
  • Chessboard (50 cm x 50 cm)
  • 36 pieces
  • Every product is entirely handmade and hand-painted and therefore differences between products might occur. Minor imperfections are not attributed to a manufacturing flaw but to the uniqueness and quality of this product.
COMPOSITION
  • The Chessboard:  Rubberwood is lumber that produces latex for rubber. After 25-30 years the production drops and the old trees are being cut down to renew the rubber forest. In the past the old trees were burned, nowadays the wood is re-used for smaller objects.
  • The Chess pieces: Ginikuru wood comes from trees that are widespread on the island, easy to grow and made to die after 2-3 years. In this short time, there is little to no impact on the ecosystem around the trees. As Ginikuru literal translation is "matchwood"its reference comes from the properties of the tree species: it is very thin, yet sturdy and extremely suitable for wood carving. 
  • This chess set is not just for you and your fellow players; for every purchase, we donate one year of school to an orphan in Sri Lanka.

ABOUT THE BRAND

Why we love it: Fascinated with products that improve sleep and bathing routines, soul-stretching moments that we often take for granted, Four Leaves offers sustainably produced luxury bed linen and bath textiles. What we find really special is that empowering children is at the core of the company. For every ben linen set or towel you purchase, a specially developed sleeping bag or towel is donated to an orphanage in Sri Lanka.

Founded in 2019, Four Leaves aims to contribute to physical, mental and social well-being. From the beginning, the company has taken steps to reduce their carbon footprint.  Four Leaves only use 100% organic cotton fabrics, all GOTS certified, and your purchase comes in a re-usable tote bag made from PET bottles collected off the beaches of Sri Lanka. 

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