Japanese Gold Inlay Card Case
Ginkgo and persimmon wood are transformed into elegant cases that perfectly fit to the shape of business cards, creating a stylish and unique accessory. Each piece showcases the natural grain of the wood with an accent of kirikane gold leafing in several different patterns. Every case has its own unique character, and the delicate craftsmanship can be seen by looking at the intricate placement of the hair-thin strands of gold leaf.
The Traditional Art of Kirikane
Kirikane is a traditional Buddhist art technique of inlaying thin strands of gold leaf onto wooden statues of the Buddha. Over the last one-thousand years, the art has become increasingly rare in line with the overall decline of Buddhist artwork in Japan.
About the Artistsan
The creator of these stunning cases helps to preserve this traditional art form, practiced by very few artisans today. In addition to working with Buddhist art pieces, she has also branched out into making these business card holders to help spread knowledge of the art form and make it accessible in the modern business world.
Carefully Crafting the Cases
The gold leaf is cut into hair-thin strands that are then inlayed onto the wooden cases with traditional Japanese nori adhesive. Because the strands of gold are so delicate, the slightest breeze could cause the gold to move and be incorrectly placed, so the artistsan must work in a completely still environment. Each finished piece is a reflection of time, skill, and careful attention to detail.
Using the Card Cases
These card cases are great as a place to keep your business cards together and they double as a conversation piece when meeting new acquaintances. Credit cards can be kept as well, ensuring you make a sophisticated and fashionable statement while shopping.