Kyoto Hikibaku 京都引箔
Hikibaku is a yarn of Japanese paper, it is used as a material in Kyoto Nishijin’s brand heritage textiles. Sometimes called “The Colors of Kyoto”, dated more than 300 years ago, Hikibaku is created by finely cutting washi paper that has gold, silver, and other metals glued using lacquer which can express a variety of colors used in Kimono Obi (belt) design. The art of Hikibaku creates an abstract painting with depth and splendor by making full use of metallic foil materials and lacquer. Hikibaku paper was originally invented for weaving Obi belts, now we can use it for interior, art, etc.
Collaborative Project: Nishimura Shoten
The art of “Sahari” which is an alloy of tin and copper has been imported to Japan 1300 years ago. Starting from the Edo period (1603-1868) Buddhist altars (so-called “Butsudan”) became common in almost every household in Japan. Every “butsudan” included a singing bowl – “Orin”. It was believed that by making the orin chime one can communicate with Buddha and “Stop the evil, purify the place and banish the demons”. “Sahari” stands for an alloy of copper and tin, but only alloys with a very high ratio of tin are considered true “Sahari”, created by a technique known since 1843. Only one item can be created of a single mold and 180 different techniques are involved, which makes manufacturing of “Sahari” a time-consuming and tedious process. With the crucial contribution of Kazuya Nanjo, one of Japan’s prominent masters of Orin making, who uses the techniques of his forefathers since 1839 in Kyoto. The tradition transferred through generations brings us the authentic sound that is able to calm down the heart and heal the soul. The sound of orin becomes even better as time passes by.
Collaborative Project: Kazuya Nanjo
Luoyang Sancai 洛陽三彩
Tang tri-colored pottery has been produced for over 1,300 years. The distinctive red, green, and yellow colors display the unique style of the potters of the Tang Dynasty. It represented a peak in the development of Chinese ceramics and was already well-known in the world in its time. Tang Tri-colored Pottery was developed some 1,300 years ago by drawing on the skills of Chinese painting and sculpture and employing on the bodies the techniques of clay-strip forming and incising. The lines thus produced were rugged and powerful. Then glazes of different colors were painted on and, while chemical reactions took place in the process of firing in the kiln, they dripped naturally so that the colors mingled with each other and formed smooth tones.
Collaborative Project : Louyang Nihall