was started by Miyoko and Sawako Kojima.
They are studying under Yushiro Kojima who trained under the living
national treasure Tatsuaki Kuroda.
hopes to RADEN become more popular.
Our studio is in Tanba Hyogo Japan.
|The works made with lacquer and shells are called Raden.
This techniques completed in China in about the 4th century at B.C.
It came to Japan form China 1000 years ago.
There are many masterpieces in Sho-so-in of Nara period.
Chogoro uses the same techniques as these.
The kanji 「螺」 stands for 「a conch」、the Kanji 「鈿」 stands for 「bury」.
|Raden has three styles which are
chogoro mainly uses 「UMEKOMIstyle」 and 「HORIKOMI style」 which are the oldest and original techniques.
Ground work use Chinese lacker and finished with Japanese lacker.
| ※Making a base(Kanshitu)
How to make Kanshitu that is used as a bace.
At first, we make a mould useing sand or acrylic. Then we use Sabi-urushi(a mix of flour and lacquer)and Nori-urushi (a mix of rice, flour and lacquer) to paste several layers of hemp or mosquito net to the mould.
|※The Raden process
１．Cutting shells and Pasting
First of all, the shells are cut into the designed shape and pasted to the bace(Kanshitu) with paste or laqure.
２．Sabitsuke(Paint Lacquer mixed with polishing powder)
After that, We need to paste Sabirushi(a mix of polishing powder and Lacquer)and grind several times to lose the ruggedness. This process takes more than a day to dry. The strength of the works are decided by this process.
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