【What is the Damascene "Kyo Zogan"?】
Our damascene 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 Damascene products are all manufactured by our own crafts men.
You can enjoy our delicate and graceful world of the Damascene "Kyo Zogan".
Please click here for the manufacturing process.
【About this product】
This pattern is called "Sogan", one of the typical design of Damascene "Kyozogan" (Kyoto Damascene) and it shows gold and silver motifs tightly lined up on the iron sheet.
This type of pattern looks so gorgeous and often used for accessories.
If you see this carefully, you will find small ivy pattern lines on surface.
・Material: Iron, gold(24K), sterling silver for damascene,
gold plated(inside materials are brass nickel) for the back of the cufflinks
・Size: 2cm×1.3cm ×1.5cm
・Thick paper boxed product
・Country of origin : Japan