URUSHI -Japanese lacquer-
Asian lacquer trees produce a unique, natural sap called "urushi" in Japanese. The urushi can be applied to just about any surface: wood, metal, cloth, ceramics, etc. When it solidifies, it becomes an extremely durable coating protecting the surface, as well as providing an elegant, glossy finish. It is used with many different decorative techniques, such as maki-e, in which gold "dust" is decoratively sprinkled on the lacquer surface.