Tomoko Eri

Box with kirikane (gold leaf shred applying). "Brightly white flower"

  • Kirikane cut foil embellishing
  • Presented in 2011
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Category Kirikane cut foil embellishing
Year Presented 2011
Exhibition The 58th Japan Traditional Kōgei Exhibition
Awards Japan Kōgei Association New Artist 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.