This is an elegant accessory for any tea lover. The strainer comes with a drip bowl and two decorative handles that easily fit just about any teacup. The mesh is woven tightly which keeps even the smallest tea leaves from dropping into your cup. The proper way to use this beautiful strainer is to brew your favorite tea leaves loose in a pot, place the Empress Tea Room Strainer over your cup and pour the brewed tea through the strainer to catch the leaves. Remove the strainer and place it in s drip bowl. Voila! Enjoy your tea!