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Kagawa Lacquer Ware

Kagawa Lacquer Ware

Lacquer ware is a traditional craftwork existing from ancient times in Japan. The sap from lacquer trees creates a unique shininess and texture widely loved as a unique Japanese beauty. Here in Takamatsu, Kagawa Lacquer Ware has been observed as a national treasure.

Kinma
This is the method of engraving lines of patterns onto a bowl then putting colored lacquer in the gap.  After drying, it is polished. The gorgeous patterns are said to be the king of Kagawa Lacquer Ware.
Choshitsu (engraving lacquer)
This is the method of coating several layers of lacquers onto a surface then engraving it with a knife to bring out the color you would like to appear creating beautiful line patterns. It is widely known with interiors.
Zonsei
This is the method of drawing patterns on the surface of black or red finished lacquer ware using different colors of lacquer.  Main lines and main parts of a picture are then carved with a knife, and very fine lines are carved to finish up.
It is popular for furnishing goods and daily goods such as containers used to keep tea tools; as well as serving trays.
Zokoku-nuri (Zokoku coating method)
This is the method of coating a surface with lacquer several times, and then putting powder made from makomo, a gramineous plant that grows near the water, to finish it up. It is used for saucers, teacups and trays; and it gains elegance as you use it.
Goto-nuri(Goto coating method)
This is the method of coating a surface twice. A second coat of lacquer with a little bit of color is added to the red lacquer to give a look of elegance. It is then coated with a transparent lacquer to finish it up. This method of lacquer is often used for low tables which become more elegant as time passes.

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