Since ancient times, various techniques of inlay crafts have been used around the world. Originating from Damascus in Syria, it is said that the techniques of metal inlay crafts travelled along the Silk Road and reached Japan around the Asuka period (592-710).
Inlay crafts were initially used in creating weapons or utensils for religious ceremonies. One of the earliest examples of inlay techniques can be found on the ancient samurai sword Shichisei-ken, held at the Shitennoji Temple in Osaka. Here, intricate inlay decoration can be seen in the stunning Shippo Pattern Necklace.
Zinlay is a family business that is bringing this beautiful ancient technique to the modern world.