Gofun has been our flagship product since the founding of Ueba Eso, carefully developed and refined over the years. It is a prized white pigment widely used in Japanese painting for various purposes such as surface preparation, undercoating, and blending with other colors to create lighter tones. Its versatility extends beyond painting, finding applications in dolls, masks, architecture, and signage. Notably, the vibrant hues of places like Nikko Toshogu Shrine beautifully contrast against the white backdrop created by Sumi powder.
Our Gofun exhibits remarkable elasticity and adhesive properties, boasting a plump and serene color that adds depth and richness to artwork, even when viewed from a distance.
Among our range, the luxurious and high-quality "Tobikiri" variant stands out with its unparalleled whiteness, smoothness, and velvety texture. It is highly sought after for its ability to achieve exquisite finishes with Japanese paintings, dolls, Noh masks, and more.
● Gofun (White pigment) is derived from scallop shells with 7 grades in total:
Tobikiri, Hakuhou, Kotobuki, Shirayuki, Shirahana, Funmatsu Gofun, Yuki-jirushi
The purity of the white varies depends on the grade.