About Lacquer (Urushi)
Urushi is a kind of natural sap that is collected from the Urushi tree. It is an ancient craft that dates back to 7000 BC, the Jomon period of Japan.
It is a very rare natural material that can only be collected at a rate of one glass per tree.
It is twice as valuable as silver. It is both heat and acid-resistant. Moreover, it retains its shape for thousands of years.
Ultraviolet rays are Urushi’s only weakness.
It was used as an adhesive and paint. There are many different methods on how to apply and decorate lacquer in Japan.
Samurai armor makers used Urushi because it is weatherproof and rust-proof