JAPAN TRADITIONAL CRAFT AOYAMA SQUAR
Central Honshu - Chubu > Chubu Others
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.