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Preserving traditional techniques

History of the tradition

The 1500 years of history of Echizen lacquerware starts from manufacturing of bowls. In the late Edo period, the maki-e(design drawing) technique was introduced from Kyoto and the chinkin technique was introduced from Wajima. In the mid Meiji period, the kakumono-giho technique (manufacturing technique of square shaped items) was introduced and various items such as layered boxes, square shaped letter boxes and ink stone boxes were started to be manufactured. In such way, the area was established as the lacquerware production region.

Registered as the traditional craftwork

In 1974, the category referred as “the traditional craftwork” was settled under the Act concerning the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries by the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry. The old history of manufacturing of Echizen lacquerware and its techniques were recognized and registered as the first traditional craftwork in Kinki area in 1975.

The need for preservation of the techniques

Over the long history, many techniques have been developed and carried on in the lacquerware manufacturing. In order the hand down these techniques to the next generation, each technique has been video recorded.
These recordings were made in hopes that new techniques will emerge on the basis of the traditional techniques learned from the skills of our ancestors.