Whether a single wall or ceiling, a room or series of rooms, or a range of buildings, Natural Earth Plasters provide a complete service to advise on colours and textures, together with a professional application gathering together over 35 years of practical experience and knowledge working with Japanese Plasters.
Shikkui or Japanese Plaster is a traditional and innovative Japanese lime plaster introduced to the country from Korea in the 6th century.
It is made of slaked lime of high calcium purity with additives including seaweed extracts to help stability, soybean oil to improve workability and naturally boost water -repellent properties for exterior work, natural plant fibres to aid anti cracking (developed from centuries of earthquake experience) and other natural aggregates such as eggshells. Formulations of Japanese plaster have been used widely throughout Japan for more than one thousand years, for both internal and external walls of houses, temples and castles, as well as for ceilings and specialist decorative purposes.
Some blends of Shikkui Plasters have 50% added eggshells making it a truly eco-friendly product. Other additives include long grained Diatomaceous Earth mineral products of a type found only in Japan, which are formed from plankton skeletons and present hygroscopic (readily taking up and retaining moisture) qualities to help control humidity.
These coatings are natural lime plaster systems developed and manufactured in Japan for walls and ceilings that achieve a stunning range of traditional and modern finishes, including a full range of Venetian Stucco and stone effects. Customize color and texture for unlimited creative freedom.
Shikkui coatings are zero-VOC, non-toxic, and made with up to 50% reprocessed eggshells – a rapidly-renewable, pre-consumer source of high-grade calcium carbonate – an ideal example of up cycling.
The coatings are highly porous and naturally antiseptic, so indoor air quality is actively improved for healthier spaces. All Shikkui products are manufactured in Japan under strict requirements to product quality and human health.
So, if you would like a sustainable Shikkui wall covering to create a stunning effect in any part of your home or workplace, Natural Earth Plasters can help you achieve it. No matter the size of the project we’re happy to discuss it with you.