Journey to Vietnam, to discover the birthplace of an art form
After being harvested from the lacquer tree, the sap is decanted and mixed with Hanoi clay to create a dark, putty-like paste. Several layers of this material are applied to the wooden items until a strong, adhesive coating is formed. Next comes the work of colouring the lacquer with a non-toxic spray that is built up in layers, each buffed and polished by hand under running water to produce a smooth, glossy finish. The items are then dried in a room heated to 40°C.