The natsume is a tea container for usucha (thin tea). The natsume is usually lacquer ware, but other materials are occasionally used. The word natsume refers to the ju-ju-be fruit, which has a similar shape to the traditional tea caddy shape.
Price on the natsume varies based on the materials used, the intricacy of the design and who made it. Less expensive natsume for practice are usually a simple lacquer over a wood form, or over a plastic form. Higher-end tea caddies use a process of over 40 steps to lay the lacquer, and can have elaborate designs, sometimes including gold and silver foil or inlay.