Seiko Fujino Coffer with design in kirikane "Delicate Light"

  • Kirikane cut foil embellishing
  • H 8.5 x W 15.2 x D 15.2 cm
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Category Kirikane cut foil embellishing
Dimensions H 8.5 x W 15.2 x D 15.2 cm
Exhibition The 28th Various Works Traditional Kōgei Exhibition (2021)
Awards Asahi Shimbun Award

  • 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.

Seiko Fujino

photo Seiko Fujino

Kirikane is a traditional technique that has been passed down for generations from the ancient times. I try to make pieces that people would feel like talking to and those that would be appreciated by the future generation. I hope you enjoy the gently shining colorful world of kirikane.