technique Haku-e

One of the specific Urushi techniques I use is Haku-e 箔絵.

There are many different techniques of Urushi decoration, all of which make use of the viscosity and hardening properties of Urushi. Uniquely with the Haku-e technique exceptionally thin gold leaf is applied to Aka-haku-shita-urushi the lacquer used to adhere the gold leaf to the surface. The gold leaf can be applied in solid sections or applied in a pattern dictated by the lacquer beneath. Layers of Iro-urushi • 色漆, a coloured lacquer, coloured with yellow or gold pigments are built up over successive weeks before the gold leaf and after a very thin layer of Nashiji-urushi • 梨子地漆 is applied to seal the leaf. Sometimes to create depth many layers of gold leaf and Nashiji are used. 

As you may have seen in my shop I love combining this technique with others such as Rankaku-nuri • 卵殻塗 or more recently Nanako-nuri • ななこ塗り.


  • Nashiji-urushi • 梨子地漆 - Lacquer used for nashi-ji. It typically becomes paler over time.
  • Iro-urushi • 色漆 - Lit. coloured lacquer. Urushi coloured with pigments
  • Kuro-urushi • 黒漆 - Lit. black lacquer.