Okime (Basic Design)

Okime (Basic Design)

‘Okime’ is the basic design for Maki-e. The profile of the design is drawn on a thin piece of Mino paper. The drawing is traced in lacquer or ‘Gohun’, pigment made from shells. Then, it is placed on the surface of the work and the picture is transferred onto it. Since those designs are usually owned by craftsmen, they are not shown to the public. However, Zohiko occasionally exhibits them because we maintain a collection of about 5,000 pieces of Okime. They are assumed to have been created at Zohiko’s Maki-e Art School when it was in operation.