Kashoku-giho (decoration technique)
What is kashoku-giho technique?Kashoku(decoration) includes the “roiro(polishing)” technique where gold, silver, shells, etc. are sprinkled and placed on the surface after the uwanuri process and smoothened like a mirror, the “chinkin(carving)” technique where a design is carved on the surface lacquer with a chisel and a chinkin(carving) knife and the “maki-e(design drawing)” technique where a design is drawn with a brush using lacquer and gold and silver are sprinkled thereon. These techniques are used for gorgeously decorating the surface of the lacquerware. In the video, you can see the process how the lacquerware surface is beautifully decorated.
Roiro(polishing) techniqueIn the video, the technique called “nashiji” where silver powder is sprinkled and then the surface is smoothened and the technique called “aogai” where shells are placed and then the surface is smoothened are introduced. In both techniques, you can see how the surface becomes shiny like a mirror by repeatedly smoothening the surface with charcoal.
Chinkin(carving) techniqueThe chinkin(carving) technique is used to draw a design by carving the lacquer. In the video, you can see the process how lacquer is applied as an adhesive to embed color pigments and gold leaves to colorfully finish the lacquerware surface.
Maki-e(design drawing) techniqueThe maki-e(design drawing) technique includes various skills. In the video, you can see the skill called “taka maki-e” where gold is sprinkled on a design drawn with lacquer and how the design is made to shine.
- Meki-e(design drawing)
- Ikkaime-nuri (1st applying)
- Ikkaime-togi (1st smoothening)
- Nikaime-nuri (2nd applying)
- Nikaime-togi (2nd smoothening)
- Migaki (polishing)