Atelier de Balthus Incense
In the painter's wood panelled studio, the rays of the north light fall like powder on the tubes, the palettes, the pots of paint, the sketched canvasses and the rags still soaked with linseed oil. The heady odour of turpentine floats in the air, mingling with the delicious smoky, honeyed, and woody aromas of tobacco and cedar.
Astier de Villatte incense is hand-made in Japan on the small island of Awaji, off the coast of Kobe. The incense is created using the world's oldest incense tradition, a thousand year old craft handed down from father to son. The Koh-sis Masters are experts in the four different steps of creating incense; mixing, rolling, drying and cutting. Throughout the drying process, the incense is exposed to the Western winds which carry a higher content of iodine, giving the incense a delicate and distinct scent.
The packaging is printed in letter-press and type-set by the last Master Printer in Paris.
Each box contains 125 sticks with a burn time of approximately 30 minutes per stick.