Updated at 2022-04-17
The five major Kagawa lacquer techniques are choshitsu, kinma, zonsei, zokoku-nuri, and goto-nuri. The bright vermilion of the lacquer plate in the picture was applied using goto-nuri. During the late Edo period, this shade of vermilion was invested by Taihei Goto, Feudal Retainer of the Takamatsu Domain. At the time, the color was mainly applied to carvings. Taihei Goto painted the lacquer by hand rather than using a brush, so that made the texture of goto-nuri performed unique. This technique was passed down over generations. This pigment remains popular to this day and symbolizes the passion of lacquer artisans towards their craft.
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