Shippo

Shippo
The crafting of Japanese cloisonné began in the Edo-era (1603-1868). It reached its most magnificent stage in the early 1800s with the artist and samurai Kaji Tsunekichi who perfected Japanese cloisonné technique that led to a flourishing export trade and a magnificent art. The technique involves pouring enamel into wire cells covering a metal body. Japanese cloisonné, or Shippo-yaki, uses many techniques including yusen cloisonné (with wires), musen cloisonné (wireless), shotai or pliqué-a-jour, ginbari and pidgeon-blood cloisonné.