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Chiang Mai Artisans: The Art of Thai Lacquerware

Continuing on from my series of artisan posts from the highland city of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, this series of photos shows skilled artisans and their craft during various stages of the Thai lacquerware process.

Elephants, pots, boxes, trays, vases and plates, all different shapes and sizes, are just some of the lacquered handicrafts created. Engraved patterns gilded with gold leaf, broken eggshell inlays or delicate hand painted designs adorn them.

Check out the article Northern Thai Lacquerware for more information on the materials, methods and history of this exquisite art form. Also, my other Chiang Mai artisan posts The Art of Making Traditional Thai Parasols and The Art of Wood Carving.

Lacquerware workshop, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Pots before applying lacquer

Lacquerware workshop, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Lacquered pots

Lacquerware workshop, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Polishing lacquered items

Lacquerware workshop, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Polishing stars after applying gold leaf

Lacquerware workshop, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Elephants and pots decorated with gold leaf

Lacquerware workshop, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Applying gold leaf to an elephant

Lacquerware workshop, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Applying gold leaf to an elephant close-up

Gold leaf inlaid lacquered Jewelry box, Thai lacquerware, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Gold leaf inlaid lacquered Jewelry box

Lacquered tray, Thai lacquerware, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Painted lacquered tray with eggshell inlay

Lacquerware workshop, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Painting pots by hand

Lacquerware workshop, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Painting pots by hand

Lacquerware workshop, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Applying eggshell to pots

Lacquerware workshop, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Painting by hand

Lacquerware workshop, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Painting by hand close-up

Lacquerware workshop, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Painting by hand close-up

Lacquerware workshop, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Painting designs on an elephant

Lacquered elephant, Thai Lacquerware showroom, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Large painted lacquered elephant in showroom

Lacquered urn, Thai Lacquerware showroom, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Large lacquered urn in showroom

 

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  1. Pingback: Chiang Mai Artisans: The Art of Thai Silk | loca4motion

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