Handmade 'Kitty Cat Happiness' Lacquered Wood Box (Thailand) - 4.7" x 4.5"

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ITEM# 13308353
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    ITEM#: 13308353

    This handmade creation is offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic. Pouncing playfully, a sleek black cat curls his tail over his back. It forms the handle for a hand-carved, lacquered box. Nantana Sompamitre transforms mango wood into a Korat or Si-Sawat(happiness) cat. The elegant cat was owned only by royalty and courtiers.



    Product Features:


    • Weight: 0.3 lbs
    • Dimension:4.5" H x 4.7" W x 2.4" D
    • Colors: Black, Pink, Multi
    • Material: Mango wood
    • Accent type: Decorated box
    • Do not use abrasives
    • Care instructions: Clean with a soft, Dry cloth
    • Made in Thailand



    Story Behind The Art:

     

    It's all up to chance – it's up there in the air and you just have to grab it. If I hadn't, I would still be selling food. My name is Nantana Sompamitre and you can call me 'Nan.' I was born on May 1, 1950 in a calm and peaceful village in northern Thailand. My family is large; I have eight brothers and sisters. We are a family of artisans. Instead of going to the fields, my father and mother made the umbrella's topknot. My father is a craftsman and was always teaching us. My brothers and sisters helped our parents in one way or another in the running of their business. I am the one who was able to make the shape of the knot. I started helping my parents when I was 13 years old but quit when I was 17. At that time I had just graduated from high school and I wanted to do something more to help my parents. Fortunately, my cousin had a food shop and I became a vendor. Under good conditions this is generally a good line of work, and eventually I met my husband. He is the man who changed my life completely.


    He is an artisan working on lacquer ware. His main job was to paint the motifs on the different pieces. We married when I was 23 years old. One day, my husband and I discussed our future and we realized that with his skill and mine, we could open up our own lacquer ware workshop. He taught me every step involved in the creation of lacquer ware. Thanks to my crafting background I learned quickly and within a year I took part in every step of the creation process, even hand-painting the motifs. We then needed to become known yet. My husband and I went to Bangkok and got our first consignment order! Gradually more shops took an interest in our work and we soon began to sell more, so we were very happy as we could see we had a bright future ahead of us.


    Now we have more than 30 artisans working with us, and my husband and I always train them personally. This is my most proudest thing in life. I never dared to dream of a day like this. I would not have made this on my own. It's all up to chance – it's up there in the air and you just have to grab it. If I hadn't, I would still be selling food. I love this craft very much. It is a Thai heritage and not everyone can do it. My work is always developing in quality, color, shape and design. We all work together as a team and everyone presents his or her own idea.


    I have a son and a daughter. My son is 26 and studies computer engineering at the state university and my daughter has just graduated in business management. They are my hope and thanks to our handicrafts, I think they will be successful in life. I think Novica is the best channel in this day and age to show who you are and what you are doing. Novica will help my handmade be known around the world for the people who love this kind of work. What more can I ask for? Thank you Novica, and I hope everybody loves my handmade too!


    Please allow 10 business days for the product to leave our warehouse and to receive tracking information. You should expect to receive this item within 15 business days.

    Specs

    Features
    Style Modern & Contemporary
    Material Acrylic, Wood
    Assembly Assembled
    Color Black, Multi
    Product Features Handmade
    Worldstock Worldstock
    • Adorable kitty
      Verified Purchase

      Intricate painting of flowers and facial features on a black lacquered cat shaped box. Love it because it reminds me of my black cat. So glad that I bought it.

    • very cute, bought in memory of my cat
      Verified Purchase

      very happy with decorative cat, extra bonus, storage for small items inside

    • Much smaller than it looks.
      Verified Purchase

      I still gave this item 4 stars because it is beautiful and it is my fault for not realizing how small the dimensions were. I did read them it just didn't "sound" as small as it said in the details and combined with the image I was surprised and disappointed. It is beautifully made, hand crafted and hand painted. It has a very nice shiny smooth top coating so even though it's a dark color it makes it pop. It was a gift but, again with the size it was intended as a trinket/jewelry box but will be more of a decoration.

    • cute little kitty
      Verified Purchase

      This would be the third one I have purchased - gifts for two others and one for myself. All with a special cat in mind. Box is great and very colorful.

    • wooden box
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      I bought this for my grand daughter and omg...she really loved it, her father bought her a black piano...and I gave this to her to set on top of it, and it looks so good!

    • "Kittty Cat Happiness" Lacquered Wood Box
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      The box is Beautiful!! It has a high gloss and very delicately hand painted. I love it!!

    • Cut cat box
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      This little box is perfect for pins paperclips, and other tiny things that always seem to get lost. The paint is beautiful and the craftsmanship is excellent.

    • Cat is delightful
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      Utterly charming folk art, could be used to hold a favorite piece of jewelry or not. Very decorative..

    • Lovely box
      Verified Purchase

      I ordered two to flank two night tables and they look fabulous. Well-made and they add whimsy.

    • 1
      Verified Purchase

      it was smaller than what I thought but so cute I love it.

    • Adorable kitty
      Verified Purchase

      Intricate painting of flowers and facial features on a black lacquered cat shaped box. Love it because it reminds me of my black cat. So glad that I bought it.

    • Verified Purchase

      Adorable...gave as a gift...My friend loved it!!!!!

    • Kitty Cat Happiness lacquered wood box
      Verified Purchase

      Disappointing. I could have gone to Chinatown and found the same thing much cheaper.

    • wooden box
      Verified Purchase

      I bought this for my grand daughter and omg...she really loved it, her father bought her a black piano...and I gave this to her to set on top of it, and it looks so good!

    • cute little kitty
      Verified Purchase

      This would be the third one I have purchased - gifts for two others and one for myself. All with a special cat in mind. Box is great and very colorful.

    • Much smaller than it looks.
      Verified Purchase

      I still gave this item 4 stars because it is beautiful and it is my fault for not realizing how small the dimensions were. I did read them it just didn't "sound" as small as it said in the details and combined with the image I was surprised and disappointed. It is beautifully made, hand crafted and hand painted. It has a very nice shiny smooth top coating so even though it's a dark color it makes it pop. It was a gift but, again with the size it was intended as a trinket/jewelry box but will be more of a decoration.

    • 1
      Verified Purchase

      it was smaller than what I thought but so cute I love it.

    • Lovely box
      Verified Purchase

      I ordered two to flank two night tables and they look fabulous. Well-made and they add whimsy.

    • Cat is delightful
      Verified Purchase

      Utterly charming folk art, could be used to hold a favorite piece of jewelry or not. Very decorative..

    • Cut cat box
      Verified Purchase

      This little box is perfect for pins paperclips, and other tiny things that always seem to get lost. The paint is beautiful and the craftsmanship is excellent.

    • Verified Purchase

      Adorable...gave as a gift...My friend loved it!!!!!

    • Kitty Cat Happiness lacquered wood box
      Verified Purchase

      Disappointing. I could have gone to Chinatown and found the same thing much cheaper.

    • wooden box
      Verified Purchase

      I bought this for my grand daughter and omg...she really loved it, her father bought her a black piano...and I gave this to her to set on top of it, and it looks so good!

    • cute little kitty
      Verified Purchase

      This would be the third one I have purchased - gifts for two others and one for myself. All with a special cat in mind. Box is great and very colorful.

    • Much smaller than it looks.
      Verified Purchase

      I still gave this item 4 stars because it is beautiful and it is my fault for not realizing how small the dimensions were. I did read them it just didn't "sound" as small as it said in the details and combined with the image I was surprised and disappointed. It is beautifully made, hand crafted and hand painted. It has a very nice shiny smooth top coating so even though it's a dark color it makes it pop. It was a gift but, again with the size it was intended as a trinket/jewelry box but will be more of a decoration.

    • 1
      Verified Purchase

      it was smaller than what I thought but so cute I love it.

    • Adorable kitty
      Verified Purchase

      Intricate painting of flowers and facial features on a black lacquered cat shaped box. Love it because it reminds me of my black cat. So glad that I bought it.

    • Lovely box
      Verified Purchase

      I ordered two to flank two night tables and they look fabulous. Well-made and they add whimsy.

    • Cat is delightful
      Verified Purchase

      Utterly charming folk art, could be used to hold a favorite piece of jewelry or not. Very decorative..

    • Cut cat box
      Verified Purchase

      This little box is perfect for pins paperclips, and other tiny things that always seem to get lost. The paint is beautiful and the craftsmanship is excellent.

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        I think my daughter will like it.

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