photo Maki-e


Maki-e is a distinctive Japanese lacquerware technique that is said to have developed around 1200 years ago. It involves using a fine brush to paint a picture with lacquer on the surface of a vessel, and then sprinkling gold powder on the surface before it dries, creating 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.
This technique is also known outside of Japan as about four hundred years ago, large amounts were exported to mainly Europe.
Besides creating designs with gold or silver powder atop a lacquer background, maki-e can also be used in conjunction with other techniques such as raden (decorative seashell work), gold and silver inlay, and rankaku (eggshell inlay).

Production for togidashi maki-e

  1. 1.A design is painted with Japanese lacquer.
  2. 2.Gold or silver powder is sprinkled on top of the lacquer.
  3. 3.Apply another coat of lacquer before polishing down with charcoal to expose the powder.
  4. 4.The piece is burnished with powdered deer antler and completed.
  • "What Are Traditional Crafts? -A Guidebook to Seeing, Learning, and Enjoying-" Edited by the Japan Kogei Association Eastern Branch. Published by Unsodo Reference artworks