Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品Traditional Crafts of Tokyo 東京の伝統工芸品

Tokyo Shippo

Tokyo Shippo Photo

A technique of praising the national heroes for your casual adornments.
Shippo-yaki (cloisonne ware) is a type of handicrafts produced by glazing copper base with color glass powder enamel at a high temperature, and coloring. From the 17th to 19th century, the technique of Shippo-shi (shippo master) attached to Bakufu (shogunate government) was never allowed to be taken out. In the latter half of the 19th century, the government introduced Western technique to make badges, and since then Shippo-yaki has developed as Tokyo Shippo. Its clear color separation and colorful patterns are highly acclaimed, and used widely for school badges and other badges. While the cloisonne ware manufacturing, using the enamel of powdered glass, is inactivenowadays abroad, this is unique to Japan. Tokyo Shippo craftsmen select only glass materials because it is difficult for other materials to get beautiful finishing texture and transparency. In repeated glazing process per color, they polish the surface to create patterns. Skilful selections of transparent and opaque colors give a depth to the surface, and completed products give matted effects to the gloss. Its various applications include tiepins, cuff links, pierced earrings, pendants, and necklaces. It is also possible to manufacture a tailor-made Shippo having the motif of Ukiyoe.
Tokyo Shippo Craft Association
Address: c/o Sakamorishippokougeiten, 2-1, Motoasakusa 1-chome, Taito-ku, Tokyo