Handmade Lacquered Mango Wood 'Golden Lotus' Wine Bottle Holder (Thailand)

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Handmade Lacquered Mango Wood 'Golden Lotus' Wine Bottle Holder (Thailand)

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This handmade creation is offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic. A graceful arc of mango wood is designed to hold a bottle of wine. From Subin Tositarat this elegant design showcases Thailand's traditional lacquer work. Elephants in rich gold leaf symbolize Old Siam.

Product Features: 

  • Weight: 0.3 lbs
  • Dimensions: 3.5" H x 2" W x 11" D
  • Colors: Black, Gold
  • Type: Wine bottle holder
  • Materials: Mango wood, Gold foil
  • Storage capacity: One bottle
  • Care instructions: Do not use abrasives, clean with soft dry cloth, avoid contact with water
  • Made in Thailand

Story Behind the Art:

I was born August 21, 1950 in northern Thailand, where I grew up with five brothers and sisters. I graduated from high school and then studied electricity at a technology institute. But I did not graduate, for I got seriously bored, and I also could not picture myself as an electrician. It did not fit with what I really liked. As a matter of fact, I already showed enthusiasm for arts and handicrafts but still do not know why I didn't choose to study these fields… Anyway, I went to Bangkok and studied commerce.

Much later, I was employed by an insurance company where I worked to the best of my abilities, even though I did not especially like that job. Because in my opinion, you should do your duties the best you can. You have to be responsible as much as you can, live for today and not ask for tomorrow, because you cannot foresee the future. Well, I also secretly cherished the dream to go back to northern Thailand and work with my cousin in his wood carving workshop. This dream came true ten years later.

I took my time to look around and I found out that lacquer work was what really fascinated me. So I asked my cousin if I could set up a lacquer workshop on his wood workshop premises, and he accepted. I immediately enrolled, with a few workers, in a government-training course where we learned traditional and modern lacquer techniques. Upon completion, I bettered my techniques and knowledge with local artisans for about two years. At that time it was said that I was one of the most knowledgeable lacquer ware artisans in town. I gradually gained more practical experience, refining my techniques, learning more and more. I was thirsting for knowledge and skills.

I received a gold medal from the Industrial Support Center and regularly display my products in exhibitions. I teach people interested in lacquer work and patiently train them, hiding nothing and not holding my science. Competitors and lacquer specialists employing people coming from my workshop say that my workers are the most skilled. That is my greatest pride.

To complete a piece, mango wood is carved into the desired shape. A coating mixture of lacquer, obtained from theGluta usitata tree and ashes of cow bones, burnt rice-paddy husks or ground clay, is applied to the object. Upon exposure to air the mixture dries to form a watertight seal that is polished before another coat is applied. This process is repeated up to twenty times, building up a rigid base, and a final polishing is given with a sandpaper-like leaf. Then up to six coats of pure lacquer are painted on the object with drying periods between each coat. The final layer is washed with water and polished with powdered fired clay, giving it a gleaming shine.

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.

Country of Origin: Thailand
Item #: 16843386


Table Top
Black, Gold
Product Features
11.0 In. X 2.0 In. X 3.5 In.
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