Motifs are carved onto lacquer finished foundation
with a chisel and filling the chiseled part with gold leaves and gold powder.
This is the “Chinkin (Gold Inlay)” technique. In contrast to the “lacquering” of Maki-e, Chinkin (Gold Inlay) is a “carving” technique,
so every carving is a true challenge. There is no room for error.
Draw a design on a piece of Washi （Japanese paper）.
Put the paper on the lacquerware, and transfer the design to the surface.
Carve dots and lines with Chinkin chisels.
Apply black lacquer into the carved surface.
Place gold foil and powder on the lacquered dots and lines.
Dry lacquer with moderate moisture in Shimefuro（a room where the humidity is controlled）.
Wipe off the remaining foil and powder, apply black lacquer on the surface, and dry it again.
Finish up sublime art that has both decorativeness and delicacy.