The Marriage of Makie and Kagayoi

The gold lacquering technique called makie is a traditional Japanese form of lacquer art.
Lacquer artist Kazumi Murose has been designated a Preserver of an Important
Intangible Cultural Property (or Living National Treasure) in Japan.

Collection

The design concept is based on the five elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water,
each interpreted in Kazumi Murose's own way,
with a strong desire for the health and beauty of the wearer.

Wind

Wind

Wind (= Wood)
Birds fluttering among cherry blossoms in soft sunlight on the gentle breezes of spring are rendered in mother-of-pearl as an expression of hope for growth and development.

Flowers

Flowers (= Fire)
Two commonly associated images--lushly blooming flowers and exuberant summer fireworks--express the concept of energy.

Flowers
Sun

Sun

Sun (= Earth)
A geometrical pattern is used to express the breath of life that springs from the earth when bathed in sunlight, from which all living things derive energy.

Glitter

Glitter (= Metal)
The shiny metals within the soil are strong and durable. The image of an eternally gleaming golden axe is combined with the subtle radiance of pearls to represent long life and prosperity.

Glitter
Reflection

Reflection

Reflection (= Water)
The design evokes the ancient custom of soaking oxcart wheels in Kyoto's Kamogawa River to prevent them from drying out. Water represents the "origin of life" and "rebirth."

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