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Takumi Craft Collaboration: Irourushi Nishikigoi (Lacquered Koi Chopstick Rests) in a Paulownia Wood Box
These lovely koi- (carp) shaped chopstick rests were made by Buddhist shrine craftsmen, Ryosuke and Fumiko Haga, who also specialize in urushi (lacquer) and gold leaf application. The colorful carp motif originated in Niigata, and each one has been made of natural raw materials using many labor-intensive steps in the process.
They come in a box made of Paulownia wood in the style of the traditional “Kamo Kiritansu” chest, made by Hiroaki Suzuki. Suzuki suggests that the carp can be viewed as if they were swimming in the flow of Paulownia, like jewelry in a box.
The works shown here are unique, rarely found anywhere else. These craftsmen have combined their techniques, sharpened over decades of careful, detailed work, with an eye on innovative ideas – and some of these imaginative ideas were born in the midst of their focus on their traditional lifework. They can be seen as beautiful, playful, everyday items or, depending on the depth of your appreciation, as works of art.
What is important to know is that all of these works take time to produce, and cannot be made quickly. We ask you to be patient while awaiting delivery, and that you appreciate the anticipation you’ll experience imagining the piece being made moment to moment. In today’s fast-paced world, it makes your purchase all the more valuable.
■ Product Information ■ >°))))彡
‘Irourushi Nishikigoi’ 2 pieces in a special ‘Kiri box’ 15,000yen (tax excluded)
If you purchase more than 2 pieces, the price per piece is 7,500 yen (tax excluded).
‘Koioki’ size:W70xH22mm / Box size：W115xH115xD30mm
materials: ①～⑧,⑩〜⑫ ‘Goyo-matsu (Goyo pine tree)’ + Irourushi (Japanese lacquer), Maki-e.
All have engraved signature at the bottom.
Made in Niigata, Japan
〈KOIOKI Pattern variations〉
Please select your choice from the below (or from the basic patterns).
3 pieces can be fitted in a box, 4 pieces or more will be divided into several boxes. more than 2 pieces
- NO.01 white + Irourushi (red and white)
- NO.02 white + Irourushi (‘Taisho Sansyoku’)
- NO.03 white + Irourushi (‘Showa Sansyoku’)
- NO.04 white + Irourushi (‘Tancho’)
- NO.05 black + red Urushi (artist creation)
- NO.06 black + red Urushi (artist creation)
- NO.07 white + Maki-e (auspicious motif)
- NO.08 white + Maki-e (artist creation)
- NO.09 persimmon tannin + Maki-e (artist creation) *Not available now
- NO.10 white + black Urushi (artist creation)
- NO.11 red + black Urushi (artist creation)
- NO.12 red + black Urushi (artist creation)
- NO.13 red + Maki-e (artist creation)
- NO.14 white + Gold Maki-e (artist creation)
- NO.15 black+ Gold Maki-e (artist creation)
- NO.16 red + Gold Maki-e (artist creation)
- NO.17 white + Gold Maki-e (artist creation)
- NO.18 black + Maki-e (artist creation)
- NO.19 white + Maki-e (‘Hyotan’)
Special orders or arrangements could be made at a cost. Please ask for an estimate.
■ Please contact by email for the first step ■ ＞°))))彡
・Once your payment is received, each artist will go into production. When you order is made, you must pay for the full amount within five days, after that there is no refund.
・Normally it takes 6 weeks for a product. All of them are hand-made therefore we ask for your patience.
・Postage and bank charges are not included in the price.
・We will send a confirmation for the payment and an estimated shipping date by email.
then please let us know your specific date and time for the delivery so that we can send you
・The shipment to overseas can be arranged. Please let us know at the time of ordering.
〈Cancel policy, purchase〉
・The payment must be received within 5 working days for non-credit card purchases, otherwise the order will be cancelled automatically.
・We ask for your patience as all the products are made by hand individually.
・Minor damage could be repaired. Ask for an estimate. email@example.com
■ Precaution for ‘Irourushi (color Japanese lacquer) Nishikigoi’ – ‘KOIOKI’ ■ <+ )))><< Care instruction
・Wipe the stain gently with a clean cloth before gets dried.
・Keep away from fire.
・Keep away from small children.
・This is not eatable.
■ The collaboration Branding is marked on the backside of box. ■ >°))))彡
This mark means the collaboration of 2 artists. Both artists represent the Traditional Crafts in Niigata.
■ Making Process ■ >°))))彡
*** Irourushi/Maki-e ***
Reinforcing the structure
Base coating and lacquer layering
Painting a picture
Engraving artists signature
Putting the creation in Kiri box, fitting brass brackets. Finishing with a branding mark.
*** Kiri Box ***
All Kiri wood must be dried in the sun at least 3 years in order to maintain its quality.
Selecting the best quality material.
Molding plane for a smooth surface.
the ‘Kamo Kiri Tansu’ techniques.
Mark on the backside of box.
■ Profile ■ >°))))彡
Ryosuke and Fumiko Haga, Haga Butsudan | Niigata Butsudan
Haga Butsudan has been established since 1907 in Niigata. Butsudan is a Buddhist household altar according to old Japanese custom. They have been making hand-made high quality Butsudans. Ryosuke and Fumiko Haga are a young couple who are regarded as the traditional craftsmen* of Niigata-Shirone Butsudan Society. They work with Japanese lacquer and gold leaves skillfully. Ryosuke is a creator of a new artifact which shows his well-honed Japanese lacquer technique. Fumiko is producing accessories using her amazing brush painting talent with gold leaves and crashed shells occasionally.
Hiroaki Suzuki, Suzuki Ishitaro Tansu | Kamo Kiritansu
Mr. Hiroaki Suzuki is a veteran of Suzuki Ishitaro Tansu started in 1887. This studio belongs to the district which began making Kiritansu** about 220 years ago. Highest quality furniture has been produced with the meticulously processed materials and amazing skill. Its smooth surface and pale color of wood-grain are often compared to silk. Mr. Suzuki uses domestic paulownia particularly, and creates interesting artifacts from his ideas such as a Eco-speaker, stool, coffee-case and so on. Molding plane determines the finish of each products according to Mr. Suzuki. We are looking forward to his next creation in the future.
* General Incorporated Foundation the Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries recognizes and awards skilled craftspeople as ‘Traditional craftsmen’.
** Japanese-style chest made from paulownia.
Takumi Craft: Introducing the Traditional Crafts of Niigata Prefecture
Niigata has the second highest number of crafts products meeting these requirements after Kyoto, with 16 items from 13 different areas of the prefecture being recognized by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.