From the longest-established store in Ryukyu, A "guinomi" sake cup with a unique worldview, in which you can feel eternal history
"Large sake cup" in the same shape as the sake cup dedicated to Ise Jingu shrine
A rising dragon is expressed using tsuikin, Okinawa's unique decorative technique not seen in other lacquerware-producing regions. In addition to the fine whiskers and the dragon's claws, the thickness in the expression changes to provide inflections, creating subtly different expressions at each point.
As the large sake cup is used, the body and the decorative section will become more lustrous.
Each and every item has been painstakingly crafted out of Japanese horse chestnut wood and finished by a craftsperson.
*Please refrain from using the microwave oven and dishwasher.
■Materials: Japanese horse chestnut
■Made in: Japan
Lacquer decoration technique "tsuikin"
Tsuikin is a technique where, after baking the lacquer, pigment is mixed in until it becomes like a rice cake.
It is spread out in a sheet about 0.7-1mm thick (depending on the pattern), then the pattern is cut out and applied to the vessel.
This decorative technique is characterized by its rich coloration due to the pigment and its subtle shape. Additionally, this technique allows for more expression than other techniques and is excellent at applying pictorial patterns to lacquerware.
Nui Mun puts its own spin on the tsuikin technique while using the unique climate of Okinawa
The Nui Mun brand presents a new way of expression, with brilliantly colored lacquer paint combined with the tsuikin decorative technique completed in Okinawa's hot and humid climate.
"Nui Mun" means "lacquerware" and "lacquerist" in Okinawan.
Kakuman Lacquerware has inherited the history and tradition of lacquer passed down for 500 years since the Ryuku Kingdom period. It was once called "nui mun kadena", which is how it got its name "Nui Mun".
Ryukyu's oldest shop, "Kakuman Lacquerware"
Founded more than 120 years ago, Kakuman Lacquerware has inherited the techniques and the soul of the first lacquerware craftsperson of the Ryuku Kingdom.
We produce Ryukyu lacquerware. Kakuman Lacquerware is a lacquerware atelier which takes responsibility for passing on our traditions to future generations as we continue to create excellent products.
Ryukyu lacquerware with 500 years of history and tradition since the time of the Ryukyu kingdom
Okinawa has a long history of lacquerware. It is said to have been transmitted from China around the 14th to 15th centuries, when trade between China and the Ryukyu kingdom was good.
Lacquerware characteristically requires temperature and humidity to cure, and, with an average annual temperature of 22.4℃ and humidity of 77%, Okinawa presents an exceptionally good environment for creating lacquerware.
Among the many decorative methods used in lacquerware, Okinawa specializes in its unique tsuikin technique. The brilliant colors reflected in Okinawa's tropical island scenery and the subtle patterns were influenced by the various surrounding countries. This established the unique expressions and technique, which produce gorgeously attractive lacquerware with composed yet powerful forms.
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