Kanazawa lacquerware

Ishikawa, Chubu

Kanazawa-shikki lacquerware is made in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, and is known for its “Kaga” gold lacquer paintings. Kanazawa lacquerware was first produced circa 1630 when the master gold lacquer artisan Igarashi Doho was invited to the region to teach his decorative techniques. Lacquer work was also introduced. The main products are furnishings and tea ceremony utensils, but Kanazawa lacquerware is also used in creating works of art. Production is still by hand, and the coating process, normally carried out by more than one person, is completed by a single craftsman. Kanazawa lacquerware was designated a traditional Japanese craft in 1980.


Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa

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