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The Kagawa Lacquer Ware Institute has specialized in three styles of lacquer decoration techniques-"Kinma", "Zonsei", and"Choshitsu".

Kagawa's three styles of lacquer decoration techniques

Kinma:(蒟醤)
1. Black lacquer is repeatedly applied on a surface of a woven bamboo-basketry
  or wooden bowl.
2. Design is engraved in fine lines on the black lacquer background.
3. The incised lines are filled with colored (formerly vermilion) lacquer.
4. The surface is polished to make it flat and even.
蒟醤
Zonsei:(存清)
1. Black lacquer is repeatedly applied on a surface of a woven bamboo-basketry
  or wooden bowl.
2. Design is painted with colored lacquer on the black lacquer background
3. Outlines and details of the design are incised.
4. Gold dust or/and gold leaf is filled in notches.
存清
Choshitsu:(彫漆
1. Different colored lacquer is repeatedly applied, sometimes more than 200
  times. (100 times of repeated application makes a thickness of 3 mm)
2. Design is carved on the solid layer of colored lacquer.
3. The surface is polished to make it flat and even.
彫漆
In all these styles, the traditional Oriental motifs of dragons, birds,leaves and
flowers are well preserved. In addition, modern designs and new engraving
techniques, such as the method of dot engraving, have allowed contemporary
artists to explore subtler forms of expression.
Brief History
Kagawa lacquer ware started at the end of the Edo period by "Tamakaji Zokoku"(1806-1869), a genius in craftsmanship and design. He developed and
perfected there three techniques, which were brought to Japan around 14th
century: "Kinma" from Thailand; "Zonsei" and "Choshitsu" from China. In1952,
"Kinma" and "Zonsei" were designated by the National Government as
"intangible cultural properties".
The Institute
It was in 1954 that the Kagawa Lacquer Ware Institute was established for the
preservation and propagation of traditional lacquer artistry in Kagawa.
Ten students graduating from senior high schools or art colleges are admitted
upon examination every year. During three years of special study,
these students receive substantial training in the art of lacquer work, with rich
opportunities to exercise their craftsmanship under the expert guidance of
celebrated instructors, including those who are so-called"Living National
Treasures".

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