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"Raden" Mother-of-pearl

The "Raden" is one of techniques that decorate on surface of lacquerware products. It is a representative way of the lacquerware production. "Raden" means an expression method that using shells.
In addition, products with "Raden" work are all made by hand. Its main raw materials is "Great Green Turban Shell", "Abalone Shell" and "Mother of Pearl Shell".
Since the high adhesive strength is a characteristic of "URUSHI(Lacquer)", the patterns which drawn on lacquerware is hard to come off in normal use.

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"MAKIE" Lacquer work

The "MAKIE" is the traditional technique of drawing a picture or pattern using lacquer on lacquerware.
After a vessel has been completed coat with lacquer, draw a pattern or picture by lacquer again on the surface, and scatter gold dust and silver dust from the top, polish on the surface when it dries.
Generally speaking, it is called "Gold lacquer" in English. However, it is not only use gold dust, but also use silver dust and color powder, and draw a picture or pattern.
The Expo, which was held in Paris in the 19th century, "MAKIE" Lacquer works have been exhibited from Japan.
It is said that a technique of this "MAKIE" made Japanese culture widely known to the people of Europe at the time. 
Furthermore, it is said that people who saw the beautiful lacquer ware decorated with "MAKIE" has called lacquerware "Japan" because of the feelings of respect and admiration toward the culture and art of an unknown land "Japan".

"Kin-MAKIE" Gold lacquer work

"Kin-MAKIE" is one of "MAKIE" techniques.
After a vessel has been completed coat with lacquer, draw a pattern or picture by lacquer again on the surface, and scatter gold dust from the top, polish on the surface when it dries.

"Hake-me" Brush marks

In Japanese, "Hake" means a brush to use when painting the lacquerware. "Hake-me" is a technique of lacquer paint which is leaving a trail of brush deliberately on the surface.
Since the trail of the brush is left, you can enjoy it as a unique pattern.
Even if it will be scratched on the vessel surface, its scratches are not noticeable, because of this technique's peculiarity. For this reason, it is often used to items of everyday use, such as place mats.