Nakaya Tsumugi Portable Kasuri (Kuro-Tamenuri) Fountain Pen

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Nakaya Tsumugi Portable Kasuri (Kuro-Tamenuri) Fountain Pen
Nakaya Tsumugi Portable Kasuri (Kuro-Tamenuri) Fountain Pen

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Kasuri(絣)for Kuro-tamenuri.

A marriage between solemn black color of Urushi and calm color of tame-nuri creates a kind of Miyabi, elegant, atmosphere. "Tamenuri" makes the body distinctive transparent dark amber color of Kuro-tamenuri.

"Tame" means "pool" and "nuri" refers to the lacquer coating process. You can actually see through the layers of clear urushi lacquer as if you were looking into a pool. Wajima artists use "shu urushi" (red color) for the base urushi on the barrel, and "shu-ai-urushi" (mixtures of red and clear lacquer) for the finish coats. When the process is finished, you can still see the base surface of red urushi. After this coating process, craftsmen polish the surface over and over by hand for months in order to attain greater transparency, allowing you to clearly see the underlying red urushi surface.