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Lacquerware is a craft that is made by repeatedly painted lacquer in basis material made of wood, paper and metal.
Synthetic resin is also used for a basis material in today.
The lacquer is a natural resin paint processing the sap taken from the lacquer tree.
Lacquer in the oriental-specific technology, has evolved in such as Japan, China, Vietnam and Myanmar.
Wares by painting the lacquer on the surface is drastically long-lasting.
Lacquerware has been made in East Asia and Southeast Asia, but the Japanese lacquerware Among them are very famous in the world. Sometimes the whole lacquerware is referred to as "Japan".
Lacquerware is made from about 9000 years ago of the Jomon period, it has been used in daily life of Japan.
Lacquerware, which is produced by a technique that has evolved with the work of tradition that has continued to protect from the old, gives the artistic dense feel in everyday life.
Passed down to children and grandchildren, please enjoy a spiritually rich life incorporating this cherished art form that has been explored over the generations.
Yamanaka lacquerware is a lacquerware produced in Yamanaka hot spring area of Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture.
Yamanaka lacquerware, was born by wooden base craftsman population emigrated in the village of Kaga city Yamanaka hot spring from the country of Echizen in Tensho year of Azuchi Momoyama period.
Then, Yamanaka lacquerware had made as a souvenir to the hot spring cure guests who come to Yamanaka hot spring. And from the Edo medium term, it has evolved in conjunction with the wooden base as a producing area of lacquerware such as tea utensils by introducing paint technique and Makie technique from Aizu, Kyoto and Kanazawa.
The production process of the lacquerware, there is a wooden base, coating process, Makie process, and coating process is further divided into top coat as a base coat.
And to the kind of wooden base, there is a round type, box type, curve type.
Yamanaka in the field of round wooden base craftsmen, is the top domestic in both quality and number.
Also Yamanaka is not limited to traditional lacquerware making, it was embark in the production of synthetic (Modern) lacquerware which has been subjected to urethane paint to plastic (synthetic resin) base material from around 1955.
As a result, it became Japan's top in production value to the total of tradition lacquerware and synthetic lacquerware.