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Decorative painting

Urushi-e (lacquer painting)

The painting in such fine point brushes on lacquerware.
It is used what was kneaded a pigment in Shuai-urushi.
Kind of colors are red, black, white, green, yellow, purple, blue, white.
Any color fall color saturation for mixing brown lacquer, but this is the charm of color lacquer.

Haku-e (hoil painting)

Using gold leaf and silver leaf, draw a variety of picture pattern.
How to stick to cut the foil in the form of preference is common.

Rankaku (egg shell decoration)

The way to stick the egg shells of quail and chicken to lacquerware.
There is only way to express the pure white in decorative lacquer painting.

Raden (shell decoration)

It is a technique that pasting thin cut shellfish.
Various shellfish, such as white butterfly shell and black butterfly shell are used for decoration.
Sometimes also such as amber, tortoiseshell, ivory are used.

Maki-e (gold lacquer, silver lacquer)

Maki-e can be a technology graceful and free expression over the most diverse in the decoration of lacquer.
Draw a picture or pattern with lacquer on lacquered surface, and plate gold powder or silver powder before the lacquer hardens,
solidifying it with lacquer, and polish and finish.


Kinma means a food and beverages in Thailand and Myanmar.
The technique carving lines and rubbing color lacquer on Rantai-Shikki.
It is often used in Kagawa-Shikki.

Chinkin (sunken gold)

The technique carving a pattern with knife on the surface which is recoated many times with black lacquer.
It is often used in Wajima-nuri particularly.

Tsuisyu (piling red)

The techniques carving a pattern with knife on the surface which is recoated with vermilion lacquer.