JAPAN TRADITIONAL CRAFT AOYAMA SQUARE
Western Honshu, Shikoku > Shikoku
Kagawa lacquerware was established at the end of the Edo era (1600-1868) by the renowned lacquerer Tamakaji Zokoku, who used methods that combined traditional Japanese techniques with techniques from Thailand and China, including kinma and zonsei.
These locally developed techniques have been handed down over the years, leading to the creation of many characteristic pieces, which are still produced today around Takamatsu. The area is the country's top lacquerware producer in terms of variety, producing everything from tables to display shelves to trays, coasters and candy bowls.
The production of Kagawa lacquerware involves five techniques, namely, kinma, goto-nuri, zonsei, choshitsu and zokoku-nuri. Regardless of technique, the tasteful character and sense of quality only increase with use and the passage of time, which aid in the development of this style’s distinctive coloring.