Maki-e is a distinctively Japanese Urushi work technique that is said to have developed around 1,200 years ago. It involves using a fine brush to paint a picture with Urushi on the surface of a vessel, and then sprinkling gold powder on the surface before the Urushi dries to create a design. The word maki means to sprinkle and e means picture. There are various styles including togidashi maki-e, hira maki-e, and taka maki-e.
Facts about maki-e
As many as 400 years ago, large amounts of Japanese maki-e were exported to Europe and other destinations, and the Japanese word maki-e is known overseas as well.
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Maki-e is a splendid technique of creating designs with gold or silver powder atop a lacquer background, and is used in conjunction with other techniques such as raden (decorative seashell work), gold and silver inlay, and eggshell Urushi.
How to do togidashi maki-e
"What Are Traditional Crafts? -A Guidebook to Seeing, Learning, and Enjoying-" Edited by the Japan Kogei Association Eastern Branch. Published by Unsodo ／ List of works English translation: Kazuko Todate (Art critic / Art historian)