Practical beauty is the very thing
that is the essence of Wajima-nuri.
The fine piece which changes the worldview of Wajima-nuri
The scarcity technique is gaining attention from around the world.
The technique of lacquerware has been inherited since early times in Japan. There are a lot of lanquerware-producting district all over Japan. Most of the lacquerware industry grew due to industrialization aiming at mass production and mass consumption along with the development of the Japanese economy. As a result of that, it developed as a large industry in the local area.
However, it is difficult to produce them a lot since they are made with more than 100 processes and craftsmen with techniques needed for each process.
The world of Wajima-nuri has been continuously producing without any change as a small-scale business so-called domestic handicrafts industry, even though time changes. All the processes are hand-crafted, and they were all made from natural materials means without using any chemical products. This is a traditional technique of Wajima-nuri.
This scarcity is gaining attention not only from Japan but also all over the world as a vanishing traditional Japanese craft.
Wajima-nuri has the fragrance of the ocean and the smell of sand.
The material of Wajima-nuri is full of natural resources. For example, using natural wooden called hino or ate (locally called asunaro) for a wooden base, using local diatomaceous earth
for the foundation of urushi, and all of the urushi for painting are natural resources. It is not too much to say that the ancient knowledge which produces one product from limited resources dwells in Wajima-nuri. Indeed, they are used wood grown by the winds from the ocean, and painted urushi and sands from the land of Noto, accordingly it is the greatest treasure unique to this land. You can perfume the ocean and sands of Okunoto.
Quality goods forever.
Wajima-nuri is more expensive than normal lacquerware. This is a part of its features that shows the amount of time for making and the high quality of the technic by craftsmen. Each work is only item even if it looks like the same item since all of Wajima-nuri is produced handmade. Wajima-nuri is utility goods, not a work of art. When you have it, please use it in daily life. Needless to say, the beauty of looks, the durability is the true value of Wajima-nuri. Even if it breaks, it is repairable. Furthermore, the more you use it, becomes more and more tasteful. Please try these practical lifetime goods “Wajima-nuri”, and now is the time when mass production and mass consumption are under review.