Keeping the tradition of Lacquering alive (

A few families in Odisha keep an exotic but dying art alive amid poor marketing and Covid.

Lacquering is delicate work and quite warm because of the fire involved in the process—the resins have to be kept constantly soft and yielding. To make her lacquered box, the artist melts the resin first and mixes the pigments and dyes to get the exact shade she wants. Next she coats a bamboo box evenly with the melted lacquer generated from kusum plants to create a base. She then imprints designs on it with colourful lac threads prepared by melting the resin. She pastes the bright threads on the boxes in different designs. 

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