Updated at 2022-04-17
Despite being exotic, kinma lacquerware is representative of traditional handicrafts in Japan. It is a technique that seamlessly combines Southeast Asian and Japanese lacquer techniques. Patterns and images are engraved into layers of lacquer using a sharp blade. The engravings are filled with red or yellow lacquer before polishing and smoothing. Kinma is extremely complex. Grinding alone demands superb skill and patience. A shallow grind would result in a flat workpiece. Too deep, and the pattern may be damaged. Because of the complicated production process, kinma lacquerware requires months to complete. Complex workpieces may take several years.
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