The world’s oldest paint urushi (Japanese lacquer) has been used since the Jōmon period. This lacquer, which has been used for things close to us such as tableware and buildings since ancient times, not only has excellent antibacterial and water-repellent properties, but its tremendous potential as a functional material that can be applied on various base materials is now being re-examined. Tsutsumi Asakichi Urushi Shop is a lacquer maker that purchases collected lacquer sap (arami-urushi) and performs in-house operations ranging from raw lacquer refining, processed lacquer refining, to blending and tone adjustment. While preserving the traditional techniques that it has inherited, the shop is also actively working on the development of new products to meet various needs.
Rare wood from millennium-old trees
The bumpy texture of Yuzen Leather came about by from a mishap during the trial and error process of dyeing.
Lumisis® filaments containing heat resistant properties light up vividly when illuminating with black light.
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