Kai-zogan, or Raden shell-inlaid technique is a way of decoration that shell is cut into small pieces and it creates motif by being inlaid on woods, metals or other materials. It is an old technique that has been developed since Nara era in 7th century. Yume-kobo adapts =this technique= on smaller items such as these chopsticks with their high skill. Nacre of pearl is finely cut into tiny pieces and they are carefully inlaid by hand to perfectly fit into the space of 9 mm cut on the chopsticks. This incredible fine work is done by 20 women in a small studio in Iwate prefecture. We have a great respect for their dedicated work to bring the fine artwork into everyday life.
It is a set of chopsticks-rests made of ebony wood. Each piece is slightly curved and this emphasizes the smooth wood texture of ebony in touch. There are choices of solid Sakura pattern or varieties of 5 different patterns. They are all exclusive designs by Yume-kobo. There are matching chopsticks of ebony and purpleheart wood and they will do a great gift.
Avoid dishwasher and do not soak in water for a long time. It is made of natural wood with no coloring, therefore there might be subtle varieties from the photos.
Made in: Iwate
Weight: 80.00 g (2.82 oz)
Materials: Ebony Wood,Abalone Shell