A practice dating back to the 18th Century, Vietnamese lacquerware is sought by collectors for its beauty and durability. Lacquer, a natural varnish from a tree in the cashew family, is applied to everything from paintings to dishes. It can take more than 12 stages of production to create one lacquered piece. Lacquerware in Hanoi is available in a range of styles, whether you prefer gloss black, rich Chinese red or butterflies, dragonflies and infinity symbols embedded in the translucent layers. There are many stores around Hanoi that sell lacquerware. Look for details like air bubbles to evaluate production quality.
Serve your next dinner party in style with Vietnamese lacquerware, a luxurious piece of utilitarian art that evokes elegance and traditional flair. Lacquer production is a time and labour intensive process. Some pieces are coated with 10 to 15 layers of resin. Before a second coat can be applied, the previous coat must dry for one week, and then it is sanded. This layering process is repeated until the piece is completed.