All About Wakasa Chopsticks
We have a new selection of Wakasa
chopsticks. Elegant Wakasa chopsticks have been made in Fukui
prefecture, Japan since the Edo period (1603-1868). Craftsmen apply
multiple layers of lacquer (as many as 50+) to each chopstick and may
also incorporate small pieces of shell or mother of pearl. Frequently
the lacquer coatings are carved in order to expose the layers. Carving
also determines the final shape of the chopstick. The chopstick is then
polished to bring out the beauty and colors of the lacquering. These
painstaking processes take several weeks to a couple months to complete.
Truly every pair is a work of art.
Photos of the manufacturing process:
Photos of Wakasa chopsticks
- and Travel chopsticks.