For this folding screen, a pine tree has been created using gold leaf only. The pine tree is a symbol of good fortune in Japan. The gold leaf used for the background has a matte surface, so that light can be reflected in a special way. In contrast, the pine tree emits a strong shine that gives them a three-dimensional feel. The pine is a symbol of immortality and prosperity, as it is green throughout winter. Therefore, this folding screen can be displayed throughout the year.
This folding screen, with an illustration of a pine tree that has been vibrantly created with gold leaf alone, is one of Hakuichi's representative works.
The metal leaf in the background is pressed onto the paper using a technique called omotebaku. For omotebaku, metal leaves are added on top of silk, which has been pasted onto a base made of torinokogami washi paper. The texture of the silk's bumpy surface provides a matte surface for the metal leaves, so that light can be reflected in a special way. This technique is used to create contrast with the pine tree.
In contrast, the pine tree emits a strong shine that gives them a three-dimensional feel. Special material has been used to create texture on the omotebaku paper for the depiction of the tree's texture, tree trunk, and the blooming blossoms. As only one shade of metal leaf is used, different textures are used to create the images. A brush has been used to carefully paste the metal leaves that form the weeping cherry blossom.
The pine is a symbol of immortality and prosperity, as it is green throughout winter. Therefore, this folding screen can be displayed throughout the year.
- Best to avoid direct sunlight for display/storage, or colors may fade or change.
- Use the enclosed gloves when you display the product.
- Display/storage in conditions of high ambient temperature/humidity and that of extremely low ambient humidity may damage the product.
- Do not touch the product with wet hands.
- The base structure is made of paper. Handle carefully to avoid breakage.
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Hakuichi was born in Kanazawa where many traditional crafts remain in Japan.
We plan, manufacture, sell crafts, cosmetics, edible gold leaf etc with gold foil as the axis. Recently, it is Japan's only gold leaf comprehensive manufacturer that is developing new style in a wide range of fields such as architecture and interior, recognized as expressive power like Japan and high technology.