Yosegi Zaiku(in Kanagawa prefecture) is a traditional Japanese woodwork art with a history of 200 years and is mostly known for its small handicrafts such as trays and boxes. The craftsman puts numerous wood pieces of carved woods with different colors and textures then joined the wood pieces together to create a geometric pattern. This craft is a tedious process which takes time and is impossible to produce in large quantities. Recently this woodwork art has shown immense popularity aboard and has appealed to many foreign collectors.
No paint is used in Yosegi Zaiku. Everything you see is created by thinly sliced pieces of wood – even the miniscule dividing lines between shapes.
Common types of wood used in Yosegi Zaiku include mulberry, camphor, black walnut, Chinese cedar and Japanese katsura.