The Wonder 500™ Certified Product Details
Gorgeous Takaoka lacquerware from Toyama prefecture dates back to the beginning of the 17th century. The lacquer was famous for decorating armor, chests of drawers, trays, and other items via a wide variety of techniques. Raden (a Japanese traditional decorative technique that places shells on the surface of lacquerware), which uses green turban and other mother-of-pearl varieties, is one of these decorative techniques. A mother-of-pearl layer skillfully cut to less than one millimeter thick is transformed into flowers, birds, and landscapes casting brilliant rainbow colors. The magical beauty that floats up from the jet-black surface is breathtaking. It is still used today to decorate flower vases, tea paraphernalia, and interior items. However, it was designer Rie Gomajima, who was born into a long line of jewelers, who thought it would be fun to wear these rainbow tints. She is using this traditional technique to create completely new mother-of-pearl jewelry designed with a modern sensibility, for example, a “four seasons of Japan” themed flower motif.