MATSUKAN OKI-GAI WAKASA LACQUERWARE SET OF TWO PAIRS OF CHOPSTICKS 23.5 CM (9.3 IN)/20.5 CM (8.1 IN)
¥20,000

Matsukan Oki-gai Wakasa Lacquerware Set of Two Pairs of Chopsticks 23.5 cm (9.3 in)/20.5 cm (8.1 in)

JPY ¥20,000

Only 8 pieces in stock!

Experience the fine beauty of shell inlays with these finely crafted Wakasa lacquerware chopsticks, handcrafted by Furui Masahiro, a designated traditional craftsperson of Wakasa lacquerware. Oki-gai is a product name that symbolizes the poised mother-of-pearl inlays that grace the surface.

These chopsticks are meticulously created by embedding precisely cut pieces of shells, delicate quail eggshells and specks of gold leaf. The slightly larger cuts of shell inlays emanate a beautiful glow and the added sparkles of eggshells and gold leaf splendidly showcase diverse colors and patterns. 

Both pairs are very light in weight and with their square-shaped design allow for a comfortable hold. 

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. 

PRODUCT DETAIL

  • Quantity: Set of two pairs of chopsticks
  • Dimension23.5 cm (9.3 in)/20.5 cm (8.1 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, quail eggshells, gold leaf
  • Coating: Polyester resin
  • Origin: Made in Japan - Wakasa lacquerware

FEATURES

FURUI MASAHIRO

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.

 

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.

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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.

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