Handmade The Earth Pulsates Lacquered bamboo plate(Thailand)

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Handmade The Earth Pulsates Lacquered bamboo plate(Thailand)

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A natural combination of brown and black evokes the earthen mystique of this handcrafted plate. The enigmatic swirls of color at once hypnotize and inspire, revealing the decorative beauty of this one-of-a-kind item by Daeng Thanunchai.

To complete this piece, coiled bamboo basketry is firstly carved on a lathe into the desired shape. A mixture of lacquer - obtained from trees and ashes of burnt rice paddy husks - is then 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 until a rigid base is formed, and a final polishing is executed with sandpaper. Then several coats of pure lacquer are painted on the object, with drying periods in between each coat.

The work is partially polished with sandpaper according to a predetermined pattern - generally concentric - and a few coats of different lacquer colors are applied to the surface and the object is left to dry for a few days. The process remains identical for each ensuing color, alternating lacquering and polishing sessions until the design is achieved. The final coat is washed with water and polished with powdered fired clay, offering an irresistible sheen.

Product Features
  • Dimension :2.6 H x 25 Diam.
  • Weight :4.6
  • Color Brown
  • Lacquered bamboo
  • Wipe with a damp cloth
  • Made In :Thailand

Story behind the art :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. I was 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. 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 handcrafts 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 handcrafts too! 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.

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


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Modern & Contemporary
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All Seasons
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1.2 In. X 25.0 In. X 2.6 In.
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