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Vintage Lacquer Betel Box

80.00
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Vintage Lacquer Betel Box

80.00

Handmade in Bagan, Myanmar, this container ("kin-it" in Burmese) has a small tray inside to divide its contents. Some tiny imperfections may be visible due to the age, and handmade nature of this piece. (contents not included)

Burmese Lacquerware
The tradition of lacquerware is centuries old in Burma, and almost exclusively produced in Old Bagan. The lacquer is made from the sap of the Melanorrhoeausitata tree found in the North of the country, and the pigments are also of natural origin, derived from ochre and indigo. A dozen or more coats are applied to the object (usually made up of a paper-mache, horse-hair, or bamboo) resulting in a beautiful lustre that is waterproof and durable. The object is then meticulously etched with original designs using a fine metal point, then filled with coloured lacquer. Finally, it is dried and polished. This process is repeated several times and requires great skill, experience and time. 

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Handmade in Bagan, Myanmar, this container ("kin-it" in Burmese) has a small tray inside to divide its contents. Some tiny imperfections may be visible due to the age, and handmade nature of this piece. (contents not included)

Burmese Lacquerware
The tradition of lacquerware is centuries old in Burma, and almost exclusively produced in Old Bagan. The lacquer is made from the sap of the Melanorrhoeausitata tree found in the North of the country, and the pigments are also of natural origin, derived from ochre and indigo. A dozen or more coats are applied to the object (usually made up of a paper-mache, horse-hair, or bamboo) resulting in a beautiful lustre that is waterproof and durable. The object is then meticulously etched with original designs using a fine metal point, then filled with coloured lacquer. Finally, it is dried and polished. This process is repeated several times and requires great skill, experience and time.