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The history of Kiso lacquerware industry can be traced back to the beginning of the 17th century. It has taken advantage of the abundant local Japanese cypress trees.
At the end of the 19th century, “sabitsuchi” clay, discovered in the area, was found very useful to produce lacquerware of unmatched strength.


Kiso lacquerware is produced using a number of distinctive techniques. One of the most recognised in the area is the technique “shunkei-nuri” as it usually reveals the beautiful grains and quality of the wood with natural lacquer.

Japanese Kiso Lacquer Box Set

  • The value of a piece of lacquerware only begins with the materials used to make it. A high quality piece of lacquerware requires the skills of several different elements: lacquer, layers, core materials, decoration, colours, design and process.

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