Lacquerware is a daily utensil and handicraft made from lacquer. The lacquer is a real natural paint. It is a natural juice cut from the lacquer tree. Used as paint, lacquer has the functions of moisture-proof, high temperature resistance, acid and alkali resistance, insulation and anticorrosion. The lacquer tree needs to grow for ten years before it can be collected, and the dog days are the best time to collect. A lacquer tree can only cut 10 kilograms of raw lacquer over its entire life cycle, and cutting needs to follow a strict system and method. A slight carelessness can lead to the death of lacquer trees. The extreme difficulty of collecting lacquer makes its price very expensive.
China began to use lacquerware in the Neolithic Age, more than 7,000 years ago, and is the first country in the world to discover and use natural paint. After long-term practice, China’s lacquerware craftsmanship has reached a very high level. For example, the lacquer techniques recorded in the Ming Dynasty’s “Sui Shi Lu” have reached 497 kinds.
In ancient China, lacquerware was the dowry that the brides dreamed of. In the royal aristocrats, lacquerware was considered as the highest grade for living appliances.
The lacquer has a sense of life. The newly completed work is like a baby. It grows in the years. Each layer of lacquer also has a different “wake up” state. Time can create warmth and beauty for lacquerware, the older, and the more beautiful. It is also this feature that makes lacquerware long lasting, always glows an everlasting artistic charm, and records and inherits the long and glorious Chinese civilization.