The Art of Tebori
TVR® OPT unveils a new range of metal core designs featuring Japanese hand carving known traditionally as ‘Tebori’. ‘Te’ means hand inJapanese and ‘bori’ means carving; hence, it is called hand-carving.
The Tebori’ technique was developed during the Edo period when Japanese arts and crafts truly flourished with its own codes of aesthetics. This engraving technique was employed in various objects including swords, hairpins, combs and many more. In order to perfect this engraving technique, ‘Tebori’ craftsmen have to first master the art of making a ‘tagane’ or a cold chisel that acts as a stencil-like tool for the patterns on the metal.
Today, there are only one one ‘Tebori’ craftsman in the optical field in Fukui, Japan and a few more in Tokyo focusing on pure gold products including jewellery, watch-making, ring and other gold trinkets featuring the unique hand-carving design; all marketed at very high values.