Cat Dang handicraft offer various styles of Vietnam bamboo lacquerwares for home decor, kitchen and bath accessories
Vietnamese people have used natural resin extracted from lacquer trees to produce lacquer products to serve everyday life for thousands of years and many lacquer products have been found in ancient tombs. The art of lacquerware was handed down from generation to generation as a family secret until the first half of the 20th century.
Today, Vietnamese lacquerware is meticulously handmade in just two villages north of Hanoi. Lacquer resin comes from lacquer trees found growing mostly in the North of Vietnam. When first extracted from a tree, the lacquer is a white, condensed like milk then turning brown in the air as it oxidises, and gradually becoming black when dried. Mixed with a solvent it becomes clear and hard when dried. Each piece of Vietnamese lacquerware usually goes through 20 stages, the process itself takes no less than 100 days, regardless of whether the end product is a large picture or a small chilli bowl.
A truly environmentally friendly resource, bamboo is one of earth’s fastest growing plants and is naturally antibacterial and durable. It’s biological characteristic makes it the perfect tool for preventing soil erosion and reducing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, generating up to 35% more oxygen than trees. Bamboo needs no replanting and it grows without fertilisers or pesticides. It also plays an important role in the reduction of timber consumption.
Using the centuries old technique of bamboo coiling also known as spun bamboo, thin strips of bamboo are soaked for two months, then coiled inside a mould, glued, dried, sanded and coated many times with lacquer, a food-safe finish. As a result of the traditional manufacturing process, no two pieces are identical.
Especially useful for food preparation and service, bamboo bowls and plates can be used for hot and cold foods, and washed by hand bamboo products will last almost a lifetime.
Handmade lanterns from the ancient sea side town of Hoi An which is often described as the ‘City of Lanterns.’ The lanterns are thought to be symbolic of hope and good luck wherever they are hung.
Our handcrafted silk lanterns are made from finely woven silk and bamboo by skilled artisans in organic shapes that echo the fish traps upon which they are based. Each of these Vietnamese inspired silk lanterns is carefully constructed with hand harvested bamboo. The bamboo is first washed and baked in the sun to season it before it forms the natural framework of the lantern. The surrounding fabric is made of pure silk. The silk has beautiful colours and meaningful patterns that bear distinctive cultural elements.
Beautiful when suspended, inside or out, in clusters of glorious colour and shapes, the sight of a silk lantern always takes us back to the idyllic fishing village of HoiAn.