Urushi Lacquer Business Card Holder with Hibiscus Motif

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Add a touch of elegance to your professional space with our Urushi Lacquer Business Card Holder. Whether on a desk, counter, or reception area, its dignified color, stylish motif, and graceful contours add a touch of sophistication to any setting. 

Adorned with a delicate Hibiscus motif set against a distinctive Noble Black backdrop, this card holder is a functional accessory and a statement piece. Meticulously crafted, it showcases the rich heritage and precision of traditional Ryukyu-style lacquerware from Southern Japan.

Perfect for both individual professionals and businesses looking to elevate their presentation, this card holder is versatile and suited for various environments.

Product Details

  • Size: 11 cm x 8 cm x 3.5 cm (4.5" x 3.1" x 1.4")
  • Color: Noble Black (kuro-nuri)
  • Motif: Hibiscus
  • Base Material: Japanese cherry birch (Mizume-zakura)
  • Finish: Urushi Lacquer
  • Origin: Handcrafted in Japan

Ryukyu-style Urushi Lacquerware's Unique Characteristics

Urushi is a natural lacquer from the lacquer tree (T. vernicifluum, Urushi-no-ki in Japanese). polished to achieve a durable, high-luster finish.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.

Raised Motif: 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.

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.

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.