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  WHAT'S CLOISONNÉ?

     Enamelware in which the surface decoration is formed by different colours of enamel separated by thin strips of metal (usually silver). Cloisonné is Shippo-yaki in Japanese. Shippo means the 7 gems which are mentioned in old Buddist writings, indicating gold, silver, lapis lazuli, squilla shell, agate, coral and amber (or crystal). Cloisonné doesn't actually include all of those gems, but its beauty is precious. The ones without silver wire are just called enamel. The base is mainly copper. The origin is said to be in Egypt. It then made its way to Europe and was imported to Japan in the 8th century from Korea. Now it is one of many characteristics of Japan. In fact, my teacher told me that when foreign celebreties officially visit Japan, the Emperior or the government gives them a cloisonné vase or cloisonné jewellery box as a gift of friendship. Pretty cool, huh?
 

  WHAT'S CASHA?

     "Casha" means 'fragile' in Japanese. Cloisonné is like glass ware. So it is 'casha' in that matter. But the beauty of cloisonné lasts forever unless you drop or break it. Its color won't change. Of course you can wash it. It is 'casha' but it will stay beautiful as far as you take good care.
 

  ABOUT ME

     I'm a Japanese who lives in Canada with a Canadian husband. We live in a Montreal suburb with lots of trees and birds. Here, basically I do nothing beside making cloisonné and playing with my PC. Yes, I'm THE worst Japanese wife ever!!!