Story Behind Creation of Radensai
Meticulous treatment, coloring and toning created by sensitivity of an artisan, Mr. Yamamori are nothing more than a work of art.
Folding treatment with 1mm grid created by his original methods gives flexibility to the sheet, which makes it a suitable material for curvy nail art.
After repeating discussion to make as thin a sheet as possible, artistic Radensai Nail took shape based on a real shell with his distinctive sense of art.
History of Raden and Artisanship
Raden dates all the way back to Egyptian Civilization around 3,000 BC.
Introduced to Japan around 9th century, it became all the rage in the Nara and Heian period.
Raden is one of the decoration methods mainly used for Japanese traditional crafts like lacquer ware and sashes. In this method, a sheet material cut out of mother-of-pearl layer with iridescent gloss inside a shell is used.
Raden literally means inlaying shells.
Glisten of a shell is a gift from nature, and it is artisan’s skills that make it beautifully sparkle like a jewel by bringing the best charm out of a shell to fit in with a work of art.
Intricate, delicate patterns can be expressed by cutting out shells one by one, polishing them thin, and being colored by Mr. Yamamori’s unique sense of art.