【What is the Damascene "Kyo Zogan"?】
Our damascne craft is called Kyo Zogan.
Kyo Zogan is a traditional Kyoto handicraft created by carving a cloth-weave inlay texture onto thin iron sheets,
inlaying pure gold and silver designs onto the texture, applying lacquer over it, and then placing hatching onto
the gold and silver designs after polishing them.
.Zogan was born in Damascus in Syria, after which it is said to have been brought to Kyoto in the 8th century via
the Silk Road. Subsequently, the process of carving the cloth-weave inlay texture onto the thin iron sheets,
implanting the pure gold and silver, applying lacquer and baking was repeated and developed into
a unique technique which came to be called Kyo Zogan.
After the 16th century, the Umetada and Shoami family lines of sword smiths advanced the technique to be used as
ornamentation for swords, and it grew to become the refined and elegant art of Kyo Zogan.
After the age of the warriors came to an end, Zogan became to be used for such things as industrial artworks and
ornamentation for personal items, and currently the craft is highly praised as one of Kyoto's representative traditional industrial art forms.
Our Damascnes products are all manufactuered by our own craftmen.
You can enjoy our delicate and graceful world of the Damascene "Kyo Zogan".
Please click here for the manufacturing process.
【About this product】
This is an ornamental handguard of Katana (Japanese sword) with the decoration of damascne on the surface, created by Nanshu, craftman of our company.
Nanshu is known as a Master of Metal Arts of Kyoto and received sevarl prize by Public association of Kyoto.
He perfomed several time in the U.S.A. to spread the Damascene "Kyo Zoan".
When the damascene is finished up, craftman engraves the patterns to create hatching. This is to give a three-dimensional effect.
By adjusting the angle and the lights, you can enjoy various expression of ginko motif.
Ginko is the symbol of the happy long life. In Japan. Ginko is known as a strong vital tree which can endure even the fire.
You can enjoy this handguard as one of the decoration in the kiving room or reception room.
・Material: iron, 24kgold, sterling silver
・Size: W7.5cm, L8cm, T0.2cm
・Country of origin : Japan