Brief History of Tamamushi Lacquer Ware
Tamamushi lacquer ware was developed in 1932 as a product with styles favored by many foreign people.
In 1961, Tamamushi lacquer ware won the gold prize in the California Design Contest.
Tohoku Kogei Co. Ltd.
Tamamushi lacquer ware was originally designed at "National Tohoku Craftworks Institute",
and a patent was taken out on the production of the lacquer ware. Tohoku Kogei Co. Ltd. received the rights of production and has since been manufacturing the lacquer ware.
What does Tamamushi means?
Tamamushi means a jewel beetle with iridescent wings.
The beautiful iridescence resembling the "Tamamushi" is reproduced on the lacquer ware by a special patent technique.
Tamamushi Lacquer Ware - Step-by-Step Explanation
Making a basic shape and the fundation by carving, lacquering, and grinding the surface.
2. Coating 1
Coating the surface with silver dust.
3. Coating 2
Coating the surface with lacquer.
The above coating processes are repeated from ten to forty times depending on the product.
Painting a picture on the surface.
The Items of Lacquer Ware
The Brief of Tamamushi Lacquer Ware
Because the lacquer ware is finished by being coated with silver dust and lacquer repeatedly, its color is iridescent and mysteriously beautiful.
All the products look exotic and rich, but not too expensive. This is why many forign people buy lacquer ware as a souvenir from Japan.
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