The adventure of finding a real and precious art
Xian, where our journey started is one of the mother lands of urushi lacquer art. Chinese urushi lacquer art work has been one of the most ancient art work which flourished much before the Silk Road trade. The art work not only shows the understanding of the ancient Chinese civilization craftsmanship, their richness, their kingdoms power but also presents the timeless beauty of a traditional art. Not easy to find neither easy to make, but it is worth bringing this hidden beauty into our products and introducing to the world.
The journey has been made through many countries and places, where we found the most interesting and inspiring arts as well as techniques which might have been forgotten for years. The fountain pen body was first made in India, then polished by Chinese Silk Road lacquer and painted with valuable Asian maki-e art. From India to China and then other countries... the hidden beauty was discovered and gathered in one piece of art. Finally it will reach you in any corner of the world, and this how Wancher is doing and will keep doing to preserve and reveal the hidden values of the ancient arts.
Making this fountain pen body takes almost one year, crosses over three countries and most importantly requires a lot of effort and patience from the artisans.
Tracking back the journey, it was started from one point on the Silk Road trading path - India, where the ebonite body was made. Thanks to the ebonite material originated from it's homeland - India, we finally had this durable, scientifically stable and magnificent ebonite body as a base.
The ebonite body was then polished with urushi lacquer from the ancient Silk Road art for a few months, painted with maki-e and polished again to become such an amazing art form. Each step of the process was carried carefully with much of patience and effort:
Step 1: Sap extraction: the sap from the tree has to be taken out in order to make the lacquer.
Step 2: Sap seed formation: the sap gums are then converted into the seeds forms and then into the fin granules in order to match with the paint and mix with it to apply on the surface of the pen.
Step 3: Applying of the lacquer: 3 layers of lacquers are carefully applied by artists who have have been making this for years.
Step 4: Drying of the lacquer: it takes up to 2-3 months for the urushi to get dry without using any machine.
Step 5: Maki-e painting: as hard as applying lacquer, this step also requires a lot of effort and details to create the most beautiful artwork.