What is lacquer-ware?
Lacquer-ware refers to wooden or fiberglass objects painted and preserved with lacquer. Lacquer is a clear, water-resistant resin made from the sap of the Rhus Succedanea tree. The application of lacquer to wooden artifacts is an ancient process dating back thousands of years.
1. The shape, made from either fibreboard or raw timber, is examined and any cracks or indentations are sealed with lacquer from the native lacquer tree (“rhus seccedanea” tree, “anacardium occidentale” tree family) in Phu Tho Province, located northeast of Hanoi.
2. After checking that the lacquer has not affected the intended shape of the item, the product is covered with fine cotton gauze to ensure that there will be no cracking at a later stage.
3. Next, the piece is covered with a thick coating which is a mixture of natural lacquer, finely ground mountain rock, sawdust, and alluvial soil.
4. When this coating has dried, the product is placed under fresh water and sanded.
5. Using a brush made from natural fibres, a mixture of alluvial soil and natural lacquer is painted onto the product.
6. Step 4 and 5 are repeated.
7. The product is covered with pure natural lacquer.
8. Lacquer is beaten for 24 hours to form a glutinous mixture. This mixture is then applied to the piece as a thick coating.
9. Once again, the product is sanded under water.
10. Step 8 and 9 are repeated several times.
11. The base design is stenciled in and the details are painted by hand, which makes every lacquer product an original piece. No two pieces are exactly alike.
12. The bare surface area is painted with traditional lacquer and the areas with design are painted with clear lacquer.
13. Step 12 is repeated several times.
14. The product is polished.
15. Hinges and locks are fitted.
16. The logo is stenciled onto the base of the product. The piece is carefully inspected and packed.