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.
The ebony wood chopsticks have engraving of famous quote of a poem by Kenji Miyazawa - it says ‘Ame ni mo makezu, Kaze nimo makezu’ - not losing to the rain, not losing to the wind. It sings his ideal image as a human beings. The ebony wood grows slowly, thus has high consistency and the beautiful shine of deep black. The natural sheen of the shell-inlaid on the top delicately shines on the smooth rich base. The shell has jewel-like shine as well as an aesthetic reserved beauty.
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.
Dimensions: W9 x L225 x H9 mm (W0.354 x L8.86 x H0.354 in)
Made in: Iwate
Weight: 80.00 g (2.82 oz)
Materials: Ebony Wood,Abalone Shell