Lacquer Ware

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What is Lacquer Ware?

Objects, small as well as large, and papier-mache articles decoratively covered with lacquer are called lacquerware. As Oxford Dictionary defines it, lacquer is a liquid made of shellac dissolved in alcohol, or of synthetic substances, that dries to form a hard protective coating for wood, metal, etc.

Lacquerware includes objects such as tableware, containers, furniture and coffins, among others. China, Japan and India are the most distinguished countries boasting long traditions of this ancient craft. Their lacquered objects are extensively acclaimed for not only rich colour but also elegant designs and perfect finish.

Salar Jung Museum in Hyderabad, Telangana, is one of the few Indian museums which have a good collection of lacquered objects.

Indian Lacquer Ware

Indian lacquer or Lac turnery is believed to be around 400 years old. ‘Aaine Akbari’ written by Abul Fazl in 1590 AD finds the very first mention of Lac in the Indian history.

Skilled artisans practice ornamental lacquering in the form of Abri (cloud work), Atishi (fire work), Nakshi (pattern work), and Tin foil decoration.

Here are some popular lacquer ware products from India: boxes, tobacco jars, and ash trays, round plates ,jewel boxes and trays  from Kashmir and furniture articles of Banaganapalli (Andhra Pradesh) and Gujarat.

Available at Delhi :-

Cottage Industries Emporium

Kashmir Emporium

Dilli Haat



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