Wajima-Nuri - Lacquerware Made in Wajima City, Ishikawa




Wajima-Nuri is a lacquerware made in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture. Wajima-Nuri, which is both durable and artistic, is a traditional craft that represents Japan.



Lacquer ware is made by stacking layers of base material on a wooden base. The base material used for Wajima-Nuri is high quality diatomaceous earth that can only be obtained in Wajima City. The diatomaceous earth has fine holes, and the strength is increased by applying lacquer on the base. In addition, the parts that are easily chipped are reinforced with cloth to make them more durable.


Decoration is applied after the painting process. "Chinkin" is one of the typical decorations of Wajima-Nuri, and is a technique of carving the painted surface with a chisel and sinking gold leaf. It is possible to express delicate patterns because there is a solid base. Wajima-Nuri is completed through more than 100 processes over a period of about one year.


Since all the materials used for Wajima-Nuri are natural, it is a craft that is kind to both people and the environment.


How to use

Wajima-Nuri has many items that color your life: bowls, chopsticks, tea ware and flower vases.

Lacquer ware becomes more glossy as it touches human hands. It is said that the more you use it, the more beautiful it becomes, so there is "the fun of growing a vessel". Even if the durable Wajima lacquer is scratched or chipped, it can be repaired like a new one by scraping the surface and applying a top coat. The reason is that the scratches do not extend deeply due to the multiple layers of the substrate.

Wajima-Nuri is a gem that is passed down from generation to generation.


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