Cultivation and Collection of Urushi

“Do you know how urushi is collected?”

For those who don’t know much about urushi I will start explaining what it is.

Urushi is sap that is harvested from urushi (or lacquer) trees. 

The works of art that are made using this sap are called lacquer ware.

The collecting method of the sap is called lacquer scraping and as its name suggests it is done by scraping the trees. 

Due to the fact that it’s a traditional technique, specialized tools and dexterity will be required.

You scrape the urushi tree trunk like the picture above.