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Wooden Lacquerware of Nirona, Gujarat

Lac, Lacquer, Sesat, Wood

Wooden Lacquerware of Nirona, Gujarat

George, Ligi

Wooden lacquer from Gujarat is famous for its exquisite beauty and vibrant colors. The nomadic tribal community of Vadhas in the Nirona region of Kutch is highly talented in making wooden objects with lac colouring. Teak wood or hard mango wood are commonly used for the purpose. In Nirona village around 40 families are engaged with this craft.

TOOLS

Tools
Hammer and Chisels
Tools
Lathe
Tools
Colors
Tools
Coconut Sticks to create patterns

TECHNIQUE AND PROCESS

Teak wood and hard mango wood from forest are available in the market in square blocks. The basic shape is hewed from the block using a chisel and hammer. To prepare a wooden spatula the wood cut in the basic shape and holes made on either side to place in the lathe

 

Before coloring, the surface is polished with sand paper and, then put on a lathe and rotated.

The friction softens the lac which is then smeared all over according to the design and a number of layers.

Excess color is removed using a stick made from coconut.
Lacquer in different shades are laid one over the other or smeared horizontally like a band.
A lace stick is pressed against the colored spoon. Using this the craftsman works out the designs with a chisel, then scrapes the colors thus creating designs which otherwise would be impossible. Friction make the lac smooth and the pressure is exerted according to the design.
THE CRAFTSMAN

Popat Vikiya Vadha learnt the craft from his father Shri Vekya Meram Vadha, a skilled craft man given the State Award in 1995 for making a wooden lacquer bangle stand. His products range from rolling pins, mortar pestles, spoons, spatulas and a special spindle used in every household in Kutch and also outside Gujarat. Now he is planning to expand their market abroad.Popat Vikiya Vadha explained how the many fairs and exhibitions are beneficial is expanding their market. Though the cooking utensils are being replaced by metal ones, there is a large demand for the toys.

PRODUCTS


Spatula

Mortar and Pestle

Candle Stick

Spinning top

Box

Candle Sticks

Rolling Pins

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