Development of Technique

During the years of the Kansei Period, (1789 -1802) the master craftsmen of tsuishu and tsuikoku, Zokoku Tamakaji is said to have initiated this art. From his early yearsTamakaji, along with studying the lacquer industry and carrying on his father Rizaemon's work, also studied engraving and in the 10th year of the Tenpo Period (1839), at the age of 33 he sculpted 1806 pieces of flowers, birds and insects.

Lord Yorihiro Matsudaira, allowed him to use a sword on rhinocerous horn pieces because of his talent. Due to the improvement of Kamakura-bori artistry, the entire piece did not have to be carved so deeply and high and low regions of the surface were engraved by knife. Due to this process, the pattern was made clearly visible and it was coated numerous times and then filtered. Color was filled in the patterned areas, dried and after undergoing a process of 'komouchi'or beating, completion was achieved.

In 1929, with the acceptance of gotonuri as a recognised hard lacquer form by the nation, this new form of bamboo lacquering referred to as 'New Sanukibori zataku' had pieces sent to department store exhibitions in the Hanshin area where the refined tastefulness of gotonuri and the strong character and elegant feeling of Sanukibori garnered great popularity.