Wakasa NuriWakasa Lacquer Ware
As for the Wakasa Nuri, craftsman of lacquering of Obama feudal clan located near Wakasa-wan Bay at the beginning of the Edo era got hint in technique of the making of Laquer Ware of Chugoku and we graphically designed state of the bottom of the sea and began. "Seaweed-patterned lacquering" (isokusanuri) was begun to knit by "chrysanthemum dust coat" (work pitch a camp paint) what repeated invention improved by this, and was born by pupil of the designer.
Method to be transmitted through to date to perform decoration in eggshell and gold leaf and silver foil in middle part of the 17th century was completed. Feudal lord at the time named this Wakasa Nuri, and, from place that we protected as side job of common soldier and recommended, various refined, beautiful designs such as "Kikusui ebb tide" (kikusuishioboshi) were devised.
The making of Wakasa Nuri began at the beginning of the Edo period (1600-1868), when lacquerers of the Obama clan near Wakasa Bay started decorating their work with designs depicting elements of the ocean floor, having got the idea from techniques used in Chinese lacquer ware.
A technique called Kikujin-nuri was the result of repeated improvements which were made. Then apprentices of the craftsmen who had originally developed this technique came up with a variant they called Isokusa-nuri. In the middle of the 17th century, a method, which is still used to this day, was perfected for applying decoration using eggshell and gold or silver leaf. The feudal lord at the time called it Wakasa Nuri and because he encouraged lower ranking warriors of the Obama clan to take up the craft as an occupation, various refined and beautiful designs were devised.
The marine elements are depicted using such things as eggshell, mother-of-pearl, pine needles, Japanese cypress needles and rape seed. Added to this, gold leaf glitters among them like stars or jewels and being an almost exclusively hand-made craft, no two objects are ever the same. Chopsticks, cups and flasks for sake, tea items, vases and boxes all benefit from these engaging marine scenes of a craft.
|Industrial art object name
||We paint with youth
|Classification of industrial art object
||Vase, tea set, bottle and cup, chopstick case
|Main production area
||Fukui / Obama-shi
|The designation date
||February 6, 1978
■local production associations
Wakasa Laquer Ware cooperative association
7-13, Itayamachi, Obama-shi, Fukui
The Furukawa Wakasa Nuri shop
■Associated exhibit space, facility
We make design using eggshell, Schrenck's limpet, pine needle, hinoki leaf, rapeseed, and Wakasa Nuri expresses state of the bottom of the sea. In addition, gold leaf shines like like star or jewel there. As it is handwork, there is no same article.
In Wakasa Nuri, special decorative motifs representing the depths of the ocean are created using egg shells, limpet shells, pine leaves, cypress leaves, rapeseed, etc. They are embellished with glittering gold leaf reminiscent of the light of stars or jewels. Since they are hand-made, no two are the same.
How to make
We are studded with Schrenck's limpet and eggshells and we paint with color lacquer of blue, yellow, red and wrap in stack, gold leaf and we paint the top with dozens of times of good lacquer and polish in stack, whetstone and special charcoal and give and start luster last and we put final coating for plain part and finish. Solid elegant high quality Laquer Ware is completed without changing into heat and moisture because we spend long time of one year and are produced.
After blue, yellow and red lacquer studded with limpet shells and egg shells is applied in layers, gold leaf is added and choice lacquer is layered on repeatedly; next comes polishing by whetstone and a special kind of charcoal to give the works a glossy finish; the process is then completed by applying a top coat to the plain parts. Since they are made over the course of a whole year, these exclusive lacquerwares possess a sturdy elegance which is unaffected by heat or humidity.
Voice from production center
We wash with tepid water after use of Laquer Ware and take moisture with dry cloth. When it is hard to fall, we add some cloza oil to cloth and you should polish to draw Japanese yen and fall.