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Urushi-e- 漆絵

Urushi-e is a lacquer technique that covers a few styles and techniques to finish a variety in materials with a hard and potentially shiny finish. Raden is one of these styles in the lacquerware technique using inlays of shell and ivory to decorate pieces. Maki-e is a variation where they use sprinkled gold or silver powder in combination with the lacquer to decorate. Originally it has been used on natural materials such as wood and metal.

Raden-螺鈿 and Maki-e-蒔絵

Kintsugi Embroidery

Embroidery is being used in many ways to repair and cover or reinforce weak points in garments and we apply this technique in this way. We treat the breakage and repair as part of the history of the garment, rather than something to disguise.


Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.

(金継ぎ- "golden repair")


Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear or to repair worn places or tears with patches, making the darned piece ultimately stronger and warmer,this running stitch technique is often used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery.

刺し子- functional embroidery

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