Updated at 2022-04-17
All five major Kagawa lacquer techniques creatively apply natural elements in creating lacquerware. When applying zokoku-nuri, black powder is thinly sprinkled on the final lacquer coating to create a matte finish. This black powder is refined from wild zizania latifolia growing by rivers. Zokoku-nuri was invented by Mr. Zokoku Tamakaji during the Edo period. The ruggedness of the zokoku-nuri adds a layer of antiquity to the lacquer, creating beautiful yet highly durable items. Kagawa lacquerware becomes glossier and matures over time.
Agreement date: July 18, 2016
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