The ingenuity and grace of the ancient craft of lacquerware is celebrated in our rereleased Japanese Lacquer Boxes series.

These covers portray masterful examples of 19th-century Japanese lacquer boxes made during the Edo or Meiji period. The exquisite boxes are currently held in a private collection in Kyoto.

Pictured here: Karakusa mini, Ougi midi and Karakusa midi journals, Ougi pencil case

The lacquerware boxes are crafted in the Maki-e tradition, in which sap from the lacquer tree is sprinkled with metallic powder, such as gold, silver or copper, to create luxurious designs. Over the centuries, craftspeople learned to use this sap, which hardens to a brilliant, glossy coating, as a finish to decorate and protect favoured wood and paper objects.

These fine lacquered surfaces are evidence of the uniquely human ability to create beauty from unlikely sources.

Pictured here: Karakusa mini and midi journals

Karakusa available as: Midi and mini hardcover journal

Pictured here: Ougi mini and midi journals and pencil case

Ougi available as: Midi and mini hardcover journal, pencil case

Which of our Japanese Lacquer Boxes do you like best?



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