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Japanese Crafts "Yakumo Lacquerware"

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Yakumo lacquerware is a traditional craft, the unique technique of which has been passed down over 150 years in the castle city of Matsue, Shimane Prefecture. Each piece is finished by drawing a pattern on the painted base using a variety of colored lacquer and aogai (gold and silver powder), applying a natural transparent lacquer, then polishing. What makes Yakumo lacquerware unique compared to other types of lacquerware made in Japan is that, as the years go by, the patterns become even more vivid. The Yakumo technique is used to make many products, including vases, trays, bowls, and mirrors.

Location: Yakumonuri Yamamoto