photo Chinkin


For chinkin, which means submerged gold, a blade is used to cut lines or dots into a lacquered surface. Gold leaf or fine gold powder is then inlaid in the grooves, creating a fine and delicate design. Approximately six hundred years ago, this technique was conveyed from China. When gold leaf or gold dust is inserted into the lines and dots cut into the lacquered surface, a brilliantly glittering gold design is created.
This technique is not specific to gold and is known as chingin when silver is used in place of gold. When vermilion is used, it is called chinshu. A cut cannot be corrected once it is made, so there is no room for error.


  1. 1.A design is cut into the surface of the piece.
  2. 2.Japanese lacquer is applied in the areas that have been cut.
  3. 3.Cotton is used to apply gold powder.
  4. 4.Any excess gold powder is wiped away and the piece is complete.
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