Tomoko Eri Set of coffers with design in kirikane (decoration method of applying gold leaf cut into shreds or small pieces on a surface). “Rapids”

  • Kirikane cut foil embellishing
  • Created in 2017
  • H 8.0 x W 11.0 x D 29.0 cm
  • Not for Sale

Category Kirikane cut foil embellishing
Year of Creation 2017
Dimensions H 8.0 x W 11.0 x D 29.0 cm
Exhibition The 64th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition

  • Kirikane cut foil embellishing

    Kirikane cut foil embellishing was originally used to lavishly decorate Buddhist images. Today the technique is employed on decorative boxes and other craft objects. First, layers of gold leaf made by beating gold into thin, paper-like sheets are heated and combined over a charcoal fire. The resulting foil is cut into shapes such as lines, squares, and triangles using a bamboo knife. A brush is used to apply the cut foil in the desired pattern, and the piece is complete.