Welcome to Kagawa lacquer ware.
In this introduction of one of Kagawa's traditional industries,
Paper door screens and lattices, along with tatami, embodying the unique architechtonic beauty of traditional Japan, contain the ingredient typifying the nation known as lacquer characterised by its elegance, luminesence and smooth touch. Its individuality has given it synonymity with the word JAPAN in the English lexon.
Originating from China via Korea, lacquer ware, handed down with Buddhism evolved in the Asuka, Nara and Edo Periods and with further modernisation bore the unique Japanese hybrids of gold lacquer ware 'chinkin' and the art of lacquering or 'makie.'
Kagawa lacquer ware was fostered by the enthusiastic attention and support of the Matsudaira fiefs of Takamatsu who planted the seeds of this tradition firmly in Sanuki soil. And deriving from these origins is the creator of his own form of lacquer art, Zokoku Tamakaji, a native of Takamatsu inspired by the kinma and zonsei traditions inherent of the continent . It was he who established the foundations of Kagawa lacquer ware. At present kinma, zonsei, choshitsu, gotonuri and zokokunuri are the 5 forms of lacquer art officially recognised as national traditional craft products by the nation. Handed down from generations, 'urushi' or lacquer ware has the essence of beauty, taste and the deep laden affections of the makers which are in turn conveyed to its users. The superb quality of this incomparable art shows no signs of diminishing and needs to be continued for future appreciation.
The lacquer arts include:
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