Chopsticks 5 pairs Kokkou
item # 51
Production District; Wakasa (Fukui, JAPAN)
Quantity: 5 pairs
Length: 9 inches (230mm)
Top of the Stick Width: 3/8 inch (9mm)
Base Coating: Urushi (Japanese Lacquer)
Top Coating: Acryl Resin
Dish Washer: Not recommended
There are many layers of Urushi (Japanese lacquer) on the surface. The first layer is black Urushi with seashell and eggshell. Then it is coated with red, yellow, green, gold leaf and black lacquer step by step until there are over 35 layers. The coating process takes 3 months. After the coatings the sticks are polished. The pattern appears with shell and eggshell. The top surface is coated with Acryl resin.
What is Urushi?
Urushi is the sap of the urushi tree. Their habitat is China, Korea, Japan and the eastern Himalayas area. The sap of the tree contains a resin. The resin is processed to urushi. The urushi is very hard and durable. It has been used for coating woods for a long time ago by Asians.
Evidence was found that Asians used urushi in the Stone Age. They used it for spears and arrows. In early Japan, people recognized urushifs durability and the beauty, and began to use it for coating for wooden tableware, boxes and combs.
The skill of making urushi ware has been passed on from generations to generations, as has been done with tea ceremony custom. Patrons of tea ceremony loved urushi ware and let craftmen make luxurious tea ware boxes, tea spoons, tea caddies (Matsume) and other items around the Edo period (1600-1850).
That is the reason there are many high quality urushi ware now.