|@||There are various theories about the origin of Wajima-nuri but the oldest
piece in existence is said to be a vermilion door to the main shrine of
the Juzo Shrine in Kawai Town which dates back to the Muromachi period
and is thought to have been made in 1524.
The techniques involved in making urushiware can be traced back to the Jomon period.
The techniques have been handed down from generation to generation over a long period of history. However, this has not simply been for the purpose of preserving tradition.
The techniques have been refined over time with increasing originality and have continued to evolve and deepen.
One example of this was the discovery of ji-no-ko which a kind of diatomaceous earth that is made into powder and mixed with urushi to produce strong base layers.
On areas that tend to be weak a technique called nuno-kise was developed where cloth is applied to strengthen the substrate.
As a result of these techniques an refined and durable production method found only in Wajima-nuri known as hon-kataji was perfected.
In the Kyoho era (1716 - 1736) at the beginning of the Edo period, the technique of chinkin became established. Later, with the arrival of the Bunka (1804 - 1818) and Bunsei (1818 - 1830) eras the techniques of maki-e reached Wajima and the idea of gart in objects in everyday useh came into being.
The history of Wajima-nuri is a story that tells of the strong determination of the craftsmen to continuously raise the level of their work to create a superior product of beauty and quality.
The quality that has been a trademark of Wajima-nuri over time is a result of the technical expertise which has been perfected over many generations.
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