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Lacquered wood coasters & box, 'Lotus Relief' (set for 6)

Item # 46482
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From Subin Tositarat, this this set of six coasters is carefully crafted ofmango wood. Highly lacquered with a deep sheen, the coasters are decorated with gilded lotus flowers. A matching box displays them when not in use. Made in Thailand.
  • Coasters (6):
       0.2" H x 3.2" Diam.
    Box:
       5.1" H x 4.7" Diam.
  • Weight: 0.9 lb
  • Lacquered mango wood
  • Offered in partnership with NOVICA, in association with National Geographic.

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Artisan: Subin Tositarat

Artisan Subin Tositarat

"I used to be employed by an insurance company where I worked to the best of my abilities, even though I did not especially like that job. I also secretly cherished the dream to go back to northern Thailand and work with my cousin at his wood carving company.

"This dream came true ten years later. I took my time to look around and I realized that lacquer work was what I liked. My cousin let me set up a lacquer workshop his workshop's premises, and I immediately enrolled in a government-training course. Then, I bettered my techniques and knowledge with local artisans for about two years.

"I received a gold medal from the Industrial Support Center and regularly display my products in exhibitions. I teach people and competitors and lacquer specialists employing them have said they are the most skilled. That is my greatest pride.

"Do you know that a small piece of lacquerware needs about three months to be completed? In my workshop, we begin our crafting process during the winter season. In summer we coil and lathe the bamboo, cut and carve the wood and wait for the rainy season to pass. You see, our basic materials have to prove themselves against the test of humidity. Moreover lacquer drying during a humid season is bound to melt once a drier one comes. That is why it takes such a long time to handcraft lacquer wares."

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