Sumac wax candles
In Japan wa-rosoku (hand rolled candles) are renowned for their long burning and even flame. Made of a hard fat, not entirely dissimilar to tallow, but extracted from the berries of specially bred sumac trees native to western Japan. The wicks are made of washi paper rolled about a rush skewer and the body built up by rotating this in the right hand whilst the hot wax is smoothed about the shaft with the left - a rarely practiced traditional art known as kiro-tegake-seiho - before the top is shaped and the rush removed leaving a hollow core. Supplied in boxes of eight 75mm candles.
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