Shikkui Japanese Plaster

Shikkui Plaster

Shikkui is a traditional Japanese lime plaster made with high quality, natural ingredients and has been used in Japan for over 1,000 years. This beautiful high quality plaster comes directly from nature and later returns to it without harming the environment.

The coatings are highly porous and naturally antiseptic, so indoor air quality is actively improved for healthier spaces.

All Shikkui products by Tagawa Sangyo are manufactured in Japan under strict requirements to product quality and human health.

  • Natural mineral materials
  • Sprayed, rolled or troweled application
  • Interior and exterior applications
  • Residential and commercial projects
  • Excellent workability
  • Odor free, zero-VOC, and non-toxic
  • Humidity-regulating
  • Antistatic and hypoallergenic
  • Naturally antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal
  • Up to 50% UPCYCLED rapidly-renewable content – eggshells
  • Optimized 2-coat system reduces both material and application costs
  • Can contribute toward up to 11 LEED credits
  • Cradle to Cradle certified (Silver)

LEED Credits

Shikkui finishes can contribute toward up to 11 LEED credits in the following categories: Material & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation in Design. Please refer to LEED statement for details.

Cradle to Cradle

Shikkui Plaster - Cradle To Cradle - Silver

All Shikkui products are Cradle to Cradle certified (Silver) for a higher standard of healthy and environmentally-responsible design. This certification is awarded only to products designed with the health of people and the planet in mind.

Cradle to Cradle is a registered trade mark of MBDC. For more details visit

ASTM Test Data

The Shikkui Surface Coatings have been tested in accordance with the ASTM standards by accredited testing laboratories in the United States.

Shikkui Plaster - CaCo2Fire Resistance (ASTM E84)
Class A (Type I in other codes)

VOC Content (ASTM D3960)
Zero-VOC material

Shore D Hardness (ASTM D2240)
61-85 (depending on product)

Mold/Fungal Resistance (ASTM D3273/D3274)
Rating 10 (no fungal growth)

A Traditional Building Material Takes a Modern Form in Southeast Asia

Tagawa Sangyo announces the SEA debut of Shikkui Surfaces at Hospitality Asia 2011

Tagawa Sangyo announces the SEA debut of Shikkui Plaster Surfaces at Hospitality Asia 2011

Singapore – 14 February 2011 – Tagawa Sangyo, the Japanese manufacturer of sustainable building materials, continues the global expansion of its export operation with its regional debut at Hospitality Asia 2011 in Singapore (March 9-12). The company is premiering its two surface finish systems; Shikkui Surface Coatings, and Limix, the world’s first non-bake ceramic tile.

Both product lines are developed on the traditional Japanese building component called Shikkui, a natural lime-based technology used for centuries in Japanese architecture for its durability and beauty. Tagawa Sangyo combines the natural ingredients of Shikkui with award-winning innovation to deliver a customizable surface finish system that produces impactful designs and is engineered to remain maintenance-free for decades.

Shikkui Surface Coatings for walls and ceilings are a versatile plaster system that achieves a wide range of finishes including smooth Stucco Veneziano and textured stone effects. Its advanced workability and innovative pigment system considerably reduce labour for shorter lead times and cost savings. 100% recyclable and made with up to 40% reprocessed eggshells, Shikkui plasters are the most environmentally-responsible plaster finish system on the market; and the zero-VOC and nontoxic composition of the product make it one of the healthiest finishes available.

Limix for floors and walls is a customizable ceramic tile system. Its non-bake production process makes it highly configurable, including the customizability of colours and textures. Limix is 100% recyclable and can be made with up to 50% non-Shikkui aggregates, including recycled content. Through a ground-breaking manufacturing method that includes extreme pressure and the injection of sequestered carbon dioxide, Limix has the smallest carbon footprint of any man-made architectural tile.

Also debuting at the show is Lumie Cube, a smartly designed decorative accessory that actively scrubs indoor air of toxins and odours with its Shikkui composition and an innovative photocatalyst coating. It’s free-form configuration make it ideal for homes and hospitality environments.
All Shikkui Surface products are humidity buffering and naturally antiseptic, so indoor air quality is actively improved for the greater health and comfort of inhabitants. Both lines also enjoy the prestigious Cradle to Cradle (Silver) certification for its higher standard of health and environmental design (more at

A full range of finishes of all three product lines will be on display at Hospitality Asia 2011. Visit Tagawa Sangyo at the Singapore Expo Hall 2, Japanese Pavilion, booth 2C-62-09.

Tagawa Sangyo is Japan’s leading researcher and manufacturer of sustainable building materials, and has lead innovation at the intersection of human health and building construction integrity since 1924. For the past five years, the company has expanded overseas to serve markets in the United States, Europe, and China. Its expansion into Southeast Asia reflects the company’s desire to meet the rising demands for building products that do no harm to inhabitants while minimizing the environmental impact of harvesting natural resources. The company’s most recent innovation was the incorporation of high-grade calcium carbonate yielded from reprocessed eggshells, a rapidly-renewable, pre-consumer source of CaCO3. For more information about Tagawa Sangyo visit (English) or (Japanese).