A unique technique produces a beautiful cracked pattern in the metal leaf
In this series of sake cups, gold leaf is applied to the glass, and each one has a subtly different pattern visible when held up to the light. The name comes from their appearance like the cracked pattern of "crackle glaze" used for ceramics.
The pattern is created using a special technique, and the cracking is unique to each item. The cracked pattern of the gold leaf lets light through, giving this sake cup set a tasteful elegance that adds a touch of refinement to any occasion.
■ Size:: Serving cup H9.6cm × W8.6cm × D9cm
Sake cups H7cm × D7cm × D5cm
■ Materials: Glass
■Made in: Japan
Supreme craftsmanship and the ideal climate for making gold leaf
The thickness of gold leaf ranges from 1-2 ten-thousandths of a millimeter. That is the same extreme thickness as spreading 2g of gold (about half the weight of a ¥10 coin) over the area of a tatami mat (about 1.6 m²).
Beating metal so incredibly thin requires supreme craftsmanship, a technique called kamijikomi (beating gold leaf between layers of paper) which is said to be crucial to the process of making gold leaf, and a variety of other factors, such as the proper climate for making gold leaf.
Kanazawa-haku is a 400-year tradition in Kanazawa
Kanazawa accounts for more than 98% of gold leaf production in Japan. Gold leaf is used in shrines and Buddist temples with great historic value like Kinkakuji and Nikko Toshogu, as well as lacquerware, ceramics, and various other crafts. The techniques for crafting gold leaf were passed down through the generations in Kanazawa due not only to the climate and natural features of the land, but also thanks to the devoted passion of Kanazawa's gold leaf artisans bestowed and refined their superior techniques through an unbroken line of succession.
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