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2017/07/08
What is “Shikki”

Shikki is lacquareware.
Most soup bowls and some chopsticks in Japan are lacquared.

The lacquer liquid is made from milky-white sap coming out from a damaged surface of the lacquer tree.

The liquid is filtered, and removed such as peels of lacquer tree from it, then it is called "Kiurushi" (raw lacquer).

It is called lacquer generally.

Resin called the urushiol is a chief ingredient of lacquer, and in addition the lacquer includes water, gum and enzymes.

The technique of painting and finishing the transparent raw lacquer to woodenware is called “hukiurushi” (wiping lacquer).
By painting lacquer on wood and repeating the work of wiping extra lacquer with dedicated wiping paper, beautiful gloss and transparent wood grain can be completed.
 
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