These Sake Cups are the traditional Japanese lacquerware handmade by experienced craftsmen. Main material of the cup is a high-tech material which consists of lacquer and wood chip. Different from ordinal lacquerware, the new material prevents deformation by drying, is hardly scratched, and is water resistant. Therefore, these lacquerware are durable enough for everyday use.
Experienced lacquer painters gave lacquer “Urushi” coating on a cup, followed by hand drawn Japanese traditional patterns and drawings by gold lacquer masters.
This cup pattern is made by a traditional lacquer art technique “Makie”; after sprinkling gold or silver powder, lacquer is applied over the entire surface of the cup. After it is dried, the lacquer layer is polished down with a piece of charcoal to reveal the pattern of the Makie layer.
A traditional pattern of Japanese bush clover “Hagi” is drawn on this cup.
Item Size: 6.5cm/2.6in. (diameter) x 4.5cm/1.8in. (height)
Compared to ordinal lacquerware that requires delicate handling, this lacquer product has the following features.
Lacquer surface is hard enough and hardly scratched. By heating when processing, hardness of the cup is significantly improved.
No lacquer-poisoning. It has been a major problem some people could be poisoned by lacquer. Because its surface is hardened by a proprietary technology, that poisoning are hardly happen.
Strong against dryness and easy maintenance. It has also been a drawback of lacquerware that they required delicate handling and maintenance. Because our lacquerware material is stable, you don’t need temperature and humidity control anymore.
Lacquer is made of sap of lacquer trees. Lacquer is painted on tableware and decorative arts. In addition to its beautiful glossy look, it has practical features such as acid-resistance, dampproofness, antiseptic and adhesiveness. Therefore, lacquer has been used for various materials. Lacquerware is a lacquer-coated tableware that has a long history of more than 7000 years. In Japan, traditional soup bowls and chopstsicks are mostly lacquared.
How to Care
Although materials used for this product is stable and durable, it’s not dishwasher safe and microwave oven safe such as plastics and urethane coated tableware. However, genuine lacquer makes it easy to remove stains. Please wash with sponge and kitchen detergent. We don’t recommend using detergents including polishing agents because it may make fine scratches.