Wajima NuriWajima Lacquer Ware
It is "door (shunuritobira) where the oldest thing was made with Wajima Nuri in the Muromachi era painted in red", but, by remains investigations, Laquer Ware and tool in the Kamakura era are found,
It turns out that Laquer Ware was made in the older times. In the Edo era, we were used as solid Laquer Ware in nation-wide farmhouse and house of merchant.
When it was the Meiji era, we came to be used in restaurant or inn, and luxurious lacquer inlaid with gold and lacquer work came to be gradually attached.
Although the oldest piece of Wajima Nuri is the shunuri-tobira made in the Muromachi period (1392-1573), other items and tools have been found during surveys of archaeological sites that date back to the Kamakura period (1185-1333). Lacquer ware is therefore known to have been made much earlier. During the Edo period (1600-1868), Wajima Nuri was known for its durability and was being used in the homes of farmers and merchants up and down the country. By the end of the 19th century it was also being used in restaurants and inns and designs gradually became grander and more decorative.
It is impossible to tell by looking at a finished article but those parts which might easily be broken are reinforced with cloth and coat after coat of lacquer have been applied. Lavish decoration is sometimes applied by incising a design into the lacquer and filling it with colored lacquer. This is the chinkin technique, where as maki-e is the application of metallic decoration, usually in gold. A wide range of tableware is being produced besides some smaller pieces of furniture.
|Industrial art object name
|Classification of industrial art object
||Household articles, accessories, furniture
|Main production area
||Ishikawa / Wajima-shi
|The designation date
||May 10, 1975
■local production associations
Wajima Laquer Ware commerce and industry cooperative association
24-55, Kawaimachi, Wajima-shi, Ishikawa
■Associated exhibit space, facility
We do not know from finished product, but we put cloth on fragile place and we paint with lacquer many times and are repeated. Luxurious design of lacquer inlaid with gold and lacquer work is acquired there. In addition, we repair damaged Laquer Ware and can use like new article again.
Even though one would never guess by looking at the finished product, fabric is pasted onto the more fragile areas and lacquer is layered on many times over. Exquisite gold inlay or gold-sprinkled lacquer patterns are then applied on top. Damaged lacquerware can also be repaired and used again as if it were new.
How to make
Using bare wood made with high quality wood, we put cloth on fragile place with lacquer. For groundwork coating, we mix base powder with lacquer and we paint with three times of twice and paint stack, place where is easy to be short more with unrefined varnish. And we give decoration such as lacquer inlaid with gold or lacquer work after having done middle coating, final coating.
A rough wooden base is made from high-quality wood and fabric is pasted on to the more fragile areas with lacquer. For the base coat, zinoko (diatomite powder) is mixed in with lacquer, and applied in layers two or three times; next, raw lacquer is applied directly to those parts that may chip easily. Then, after intermediate and top coats have been applied, decorations like gold inlays or gold-sprinkled lacquer are added.
Voice from production center
We are reborn in mint condition by Wajima Nuri repairing even damaged thing, and repainting and can use for a long time.