Displayed at the Artisan’s Atelier (the annex)
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Shitaji

To reinforce the wood – the technique of applying lacquer in layers

Traditional techniques of shitaji

Shitaji process In Echizen lacquerware, the shibushitaji technique where a material made by mixing the kakishibu liquid and ji-sumi-ko powder or burnt pine is applied to the surface and then the surface is smoothened, the applying and smoothening being repeated over and over, is traditionally used. Today, the technique of honkataji where a material made by mixing raw lacquer, ji-no-ko powder and adhesive made of rice is applied and then smoothed to form the ji-no-ko foundation, the applying and smoothening being repeated over and over, is used to form a durable lacquerware.