"Elegance" Lacquer Box
Subin Tositarat engraves and paints a floral design on this flat lacquer container. The delicate piece is perfect for storing small jewelry and trinkets. After the piece is carved, it is receives a gilded lacquer coating, in itself a long, laborious process. Then, in an engraving technique called lai kad, (dug-out pattern), the decorative motifs are etched freehand with a sharp tool. A combination of lacquer, peanut oil, coloring agent, and water is rubbed onto the surface. It is left to dry and polished with rice husks, the color remaining only in the engravings. The process is identical for each different color. Lastly, Tositarat embellishes his creation with a touch of paint.