Matsukan Kai-Kiriko Wakasa Lacquerware Set of Two Pairs of Chopsticks 23.5 cm (9.3 in)/21.5cm(8.5 in)
Experience the rich beauty of Wakasa lacquerware with these stunning chopsticks handcrafted by Furui Masahiro, a designated traditional craftsperson of Wakasa lacquerware. The name Kai-kiriko has been thoughtfully coined for these pairs, epitomizing the beautifully arranged shell inlays that grace the surface.
These chopsticks are adorned with intricate inlays of thinly sliced mother-of-pearl. After an initial ten layers of a natural lacquer coating, the finely cut shell inlays are gently placed upon the lacquer surface after which an additional twenty coats are applied to enhance its shine and durability. The mother-of-pearl inlays radiate stunningly under the decadent coats of lacquer after being immaculately polished, revealing varied colors with a gentle shine on red and a more contrasting glimmer on black.
Inspired by the ichimatsu design, traditionally viewed as an auspicious representation of unending continuity and layers, each chopstick features nine meticulously cut shell inlays aligned in a checkered pattern.
Both sets are very light in weight and with their square-shaped design allow for a comfortable hold. These chopsticks boast a slightly slender form.
Presented in a paulownia box, the lid features elegant Japanese calligraphy displaying the characters "Wakasa Lacquerware Chopsticks" along with the artisan's name. Whether chosen as a splendid self-gift or as an exquisite present for a special occasion, these chopsticks are certain to bring joy.
Matsukan has been dedicated to the art of crafting high-quality lacquered chopsticks since its founding in 1922. Situated in Obama City, celebrated for its lacquered chopstick industry steeped in the local Wakasa lacquerware tradition, Matsukan has shared joyous excitement through their chopsticks with many over the past 100 years.
- Quantity: Set of two pairs of chopsticks
- Dimension: 23.5 cm (9.3 in)/21.5 cm (8.5 in)
- Box: 6.5 cm (2.6 in) x 27 cm (10.6 in) x 2 cm (0.8 in)
- Material: Wood, mother-of-pearl
- Coating: Lacquer
- Origin: Made in Japan - Wakasa lacquerware
Furui Masahiro stands as one of the five traditional craftspersons of Wakasa lacquerware in Obama City — the heartland of Wakasa lacquerware. Uniquely, Furui is the sole artisan specializing exclusively in crafting chopsticks, and has diligently honed this art, creating traditional Wakasa lacquerware chopsticks for over sixty years.
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ABOUT MATSUKAN WAKASA LACQUER CHOPSTICKS
Matsukan has been dedicated to the art of crafting exquisite lacquered chopsticks for the past 100 years. Located in Obama City, renowned for its lacquered chopsticks industry deeply rooted in the local Wakasa lacquerware tradition, Matsukan has passionately infused excitement to many through their chopsticks.View more Matsukan Chopsticks
ABOUT WAKASA LACQUER CHOPSTICKS
Wakasa lacquer chopsticks are traditional lacquered chopsticks from Obama City, Fukui Prefecture, with a history of about 400 years. It currently accounts for more than 80% of the national share of domestically produced lacquered chopsticks. Wakasa lacquer chopsticks was designated as a "traditional craft" on February 6, 1978 in recognition of its advanced techniques. It is characterized by their unique three-dimensional patterns created by applying layers of colored lacquer made of shells and eggshells. It was sometimes called "jewel lacquering" because of the noble shine of the patterns that represented the ocean floor.
Today, you can find a wide variety of Wakasa lacquer chopsticks, some handmade using traditional methods, some made using transfer sheets, and some made using dishwasher-safe paints. Enjoy choosing the chopsticks that best suit your lifestyle.