tips : Makie is Japanese lacquer sprinkled with gold or silver powder as a decoration using a makizutsu or a kebo brush. The technique was developed mainly in the Heian Period (794-1185) and blossomed in the Edo Period (1603-1868). Makie objects were initially designed as household items for court nobles. they soon gained more popularity and applied to furniture, stationaries, and eating utensils, and spread among the wealthy class within the general population. To make the highest grade makie, heap up the picture pattern with the urushi lacquer or the charcoal powders and draw the picture pattern again with the urushi lacquer as an adhesive and sprinkle gold powders on top and draw with the urushi lacquer more, then polish up the picture pattern. By repeating such a process many times, the makie has the picture pattern with the gorgeous delicate three-dimensional impression.
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