Overview of producing areas Negoro-ji Negoro lacquerware
Scenes of work
Nearly all utensils, including spatulas made from Kiso hinoki cypress that resists warping even when wet, are hand-made by craftspeople. A solid base is produced using tools that adapt to the hand.
Nunokise (fabric covering)
The materials are lacquer and keyaki wood (Zelkova serrata), which takes lacquer well. Nunokise is the covering of edges and other weak portions with linen to increase strength.
The largest part of the process involves the base
Jinoko is mixed with unrefined lacquer sap, and the base is strengthened while the nunokise area is covered. Further rusting is applied using lacquer mixed with polishing powder. The largest part of the process is spent on the base.
The undercoat of black lacquer is applied three times. Coating, drying, polishing and coating are repeated. Vermilion lacquerware is synonymous with a luxury good.