5-Piece Urushi Lacquer Dessert & Appetizer Plate Set, Japanese Lily Motif, 15 cm (6")

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Enhance any setting with our Urushi Lacquer Dessert & Appetizer Plate Set, adorned with the enchanting Japanese Hamayu Lily motif. Perfect for serving desserts, appetizers, or small bites, as well as for decorative purposes, these plates seamlessly combine functionality with aesthetic allure.

Each plate, set against a vibrant Vermillion Red backdrop, embodies the deep-rooted heritage and meticulous craftsmanship of traditional Ryukyu-style lacquerware from Southern Japan.

Product Details

  • Size: 15 cm (6") D x 2 cm (0.8") H
  • ColorVermillion Red (shu-nuri)
  • Motif: Japanese Hamayu Lily
  • Base Material: Japanese cherry birch (Mizume-zakura)
  • Finish: Urushi Lacquer
  • Origin: Handcrafted in Japan
  • Quantity: Five (5) plates

Urushi Lacquer: Durable Elegance with a Natural Guard

Urushi is a natural lacquer from the lacquer tree (T. vernicifluum, Urushi-no-ki in Japanese) polished to achieve a durable, high-luster finish. Urushi possesses strong antibacterial properties, making it a preferred choice for Japanese culinary implements like chopsticks, plates, bowls, trays, and more.

Ryukyu-style Urushi Lacquerware's Unique Characteristics

In Japan, using urushi lacquer dates back to the prehistoric Jomon period. Southern Japan developed its unique "Ryukyu" techniques over time, deeply rooted in the region's subtropical climate and culture.

Distinctive Raised Motifs: A hallmark of Ryukyu lacquerware is the use of a raised motif technique known as "tsuikin." In this method, lacquer is mixed with pigments to form a paste called "tsuikin-mochi." This paste is spread into thin layers, cut according to the design, and then applied to the lacquered surface, creating a three-dimensional effect.

These motifs often depict the region's iconic flora and fauna, such as hibiscus, orchids, Japanese Hamayu lilies, and the Japanese quail (Uzura,) celebrating the rich natural tapestry and diversity of Southern Japan.

Captivating Colors: Ryukyu lacquerware is renowned for its use of "shu-nuri" (Vermillion Red) and "kuro-nuri" (Noble Black) color pallets. Vermillion Red, associated with the South and Yang, symbolizes vitality, encapsulating this color's lively and dynamic nature. Noble Black, associated with the North and Yin, represents dignity, conveying depth, sophistication, and strength.

Meticulous Preparation Process: Ryukyu lacquerware undergoes a lengthy preparation process, including drying the wood for several years, and multiple layers of urushi lacquer coats to enhance durability.