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Videos February, 25 2014

Watch the Handmaking Process of Japanese Urushi Lacquerware

Yamada Heiando, Japanese “lacquerware purveyors to the Imperial Household,” take us through the handmaking process of urushi, traditional lacquer products that date back 9,000 years. Craftsmen of the Ishikawa Prefecture cut and carve the wood, then polish and paint them all by hand, creating immaculate products that are both traditional and modern. Using micro brushes with gold paint, the resulting urushi — from bowls, boxes, and coasters to even phone cases and watch faces — bear familiar oriental motifs such as goldfish and sakura blossoms. Watch the video below to get a glimpse of the incredible production process.

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