JAPAN TRADITIONAL CRAFT AOYAMA SQUAR
Central Honshu - Chubu > Chubu Others
The Murakami area of Niigata Prefecture has been well known since the Heian period (794-1185) as a natural lacquer producing area. Using this refined sap, Murakami Kibori Tsuishu dates back to the beginning of the 15th century.
In China there was a multi-layered and carved lacquer ware which was copied by lacquerers in Kyoto. They achieved the same effect by carving a wooden core and then coating it with natural lacquer. It was this technique that was adopted in Murakami when a temple was built in the area. One of the specialist carpenters engaged in the construction mastered the required techniques and during the Edo period (1600-1868), the making of this distinctive craft was first taken up by lower ranking samurai, and then by local individuals.
What is particularly special about this craft is the manner in which the fine detailed carving is enhanced by the application of lacquer. There are six distinct variants, differing either in color or technique but perhaps the most representative one is characterized by its mat vermilion natural lacquer and composed air.