Handmade Lacquered Wood Box, 'Exotic Golden Flora' (Thailand)

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Handmade Lacquered Wood Box, 'Exotic Golden Flora' (Thailand)

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Nantana Sompamitre orchestrates a floral revelry detailed in gold for the design of this decorative box. Hand-carved of mango wood, the etched images are underscored by glossy black lacquer in the tradition of Thai decor.

Product Features:
  • Measures 2.5 inches high x 3-inch diameter
  • Worldstock Country: Thailand
  • Accent Type: Decorative Boxes
  • Material: Wood
  • Color: Brown

Story Behind the Art:
My name is Nantana Sompamitre. I was born in a calm and peaceful village in northern Thailand. 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. 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. To craft her designs, the wood is carved into the desired shape. Then it is coated with lacquer, which is derived from the Gluta usitata tree and ashes. It is dries to form a watertight seal that is polished, and another coat is applied. This process is repeated up to twenty times before as many six coats of pure lacquer are applied. The final layer is polished to a shine with powdered fired clay. Next, eggshells are cleaned and cracked into small pieces. Sompamitre arranges them in the desired pattern on fresh coat of lacquer. The tray is lacquered twice more and sanded in water until the eggshells slowly appear.

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The handcrafted touch of artisan skill creates variations in color, size and design. If buying two of the same item, slight differences should be expected. Note: Color discrepancies may occur between this product and your computer screen.


Country of Origin: Thailand


Item #
Accent Type
Decorative Boxes
Organizer Type
Accessories & Hardware
Product Features
2.5 inches high x 3-inch diameter
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