京象嵌 協同組合京象嵌協会

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  1. 職人は専用のルーペで手元を見ながら、ミクロン単位の細かな作業を行う。


Zōgan is an inlay craft that uses different materials such as metal, wood, or ceramic to create decorative patterns. The technique was very possibly introduced to Japan along with Buddhism through the Silk Road in the Nara period (8th century). Kyo-Zōgan is characterized by the delicate and time-consuming work of digging a fine cloth-like groove in metal, imprinting a pattern of gold and silver on it, coating with lacquer and baking it, then sharpening the surface and adding a fine engraving. Until the Edo period, zōgan was employed mostly for Buddhist altars, helmets, sword collars, mirrors, and writing boxes, then gradually began to be used for more ordinary objects such as sliding door pulls and braziers. The delicate and sophisticated patterns of gold and silver emerging on black lacquer were highly praised when presented at the Paris World Exposition of 1878. Today a variety of items are decorated with this traditional technique, including original employee badges, accessories and interior design objects.

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  1. : モダンなデザインのブローチ。
  2. : 牡丹模様を象嵌したブレスレット。
  3. : ルーペ。模様の微妙な色の違いは着色ではなく、金属そのものの色合いで表現している。

(1,2,3,4 すべてアミタ株式会社)

1: The craftsman performs detailed work measured in micrometers while looking at the hand using a special loupe. 2: A contemporary design brooch. 3: A bracelet inlaid with a peony pattern. 4: Loupe. The pattern’s subtle differences in color are not painted but expressed by the shade of the metal itself. (1,2,3,4 Amita)