Chopsticks has just added a new style of Wakasa chopsticks to their
selection of special Japanese artisan chopsticks. The new chopstick is
Nasu Red layered lacquered chopsticks.
Nasu Red Wakasa chopsticks feature bright red base layers of lacquer,
followed by several alternating layers of cream and gold lacquer,
finished with layers of black. The colored layers are exposed through
carving and polishing, revealing their decorative contrast and beauty.
are an ancient form of chopstick design and manufacturing originating
in the small city of Obama, Japan which sits along Wakasa Bay. The
Wakasa style replicates images of the ocean seafloor viewed through the
crystal clear waters of the bay.
Elegant Wakasa chopsticks have
been made in Fukui prefecture, Japan since the Edo period (1603-1868).
Craftsmen apply multiple layers of lacquer 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.
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.
Wakasa is becoming a rare
artisan trade. In the mid 1800's there were over 300 family shops in
Obama practicing this lacquer technique. Today there are just 9 shops
The new Nasu Red Wakasa chopsticks are available at
EverythingChopsticks.com. There are eleven models of Wakasa chopsticks ranging in price from $10-$30. Styles include the popular Bijin, Daikan and Kai.
About Everything Chopsticks
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