Choshitsu

photo Choshitsu

Description

For choshitsu, dozens of layers of colored Japanese lacquer are painted on to a plain surface. Then, a carving blade is used to carve into these layers and make three-dimensional relief carvings. This technique was conveyed from China about eight hundred years ago.With black lacquer, about a hundred coats are necessary to produce a coating three millimeters thick. Black or vermilion lacquer can also be used instead of colored lacquer.
With black lacquer, about a hundred coats are necessary to produce a coating three millimeters thick. When black lacquer is used, the technique is known as tsuikoku, while when vermilion lacquer is used it is called tsuishu.

Production

  1. 1.Layer after layer of different lacquer colors are applied.
  2. 2.A design is carved in such a way that the various layers of color are visible.
  3. 3.The surface is sanded with a fine whetstone until it is smooth.
  4. 4.The piece is burnished 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