Origami-shaped Urushi Lacquer Plate with Japanese Quail Motif

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Experience the fusion of tradition and modern design with our Origami-shaped Plate. Inspired by the Japanese art of paper-folding, this plate is carved from a single piece of wood, with corners shaped to mimic the delicate folds of an origami creation.

Versatile and elegant, this tray is ideal for serving everything from desserts and appetizers to side dishes such as tempura and sushi, or any of your favorite delicacies. Its vibrant Vermillion Red color adds a touch of elegance, making it a standout piece on any table.

uzura-sha-300.jpgThe motif is Uzura-sha, a traditional Japanese children's wooden toy, evoking a sense of nostalgia and cultural heritage—much like the wooden horse toy on wheels in the West. Uzura is the Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica).The word sha means wheel in Japanese.  

Product Details

  • Color: Vermillion Red (shu-nuri)
  • Motif: Japanese Quail Children's Toy (Uzura-sha)
  • Base Material: Japanese cherry birch (Mizume-zakura)
  • Finish: Urushi Lacquer
  • Origin: Handcrafted in Japan
  • Available Sizes (Choose Option)
    • 22 cm (8.7") acrossorigami-plate-22.jpg
    • 28 cm (11") across   origami-plate-28.jpg

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.