Jos’s Blog

February 4, 2021

5 Year Anniversary Gift Guide Ideas

Happy five years! Now, knock on wood. At least if you’re a traditionalist anyway. According to the traditional anniversary gift giving guidelines, wood should make up the material of your five year anniversary gifts. Why? Because wood is said to symbolise the strength of your marriage bond. Its longevity and durability indicates a relationship that […]

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February 1, 2021

5 Wooden Gifts for Valentines Day

Wood is a fantastic material for Valentine’s Gifts. Marked as one of the materials in the traditional anniversary gift giving guide, wood has long been identified as symbolising strength, durability, longevity and robustness.  So why not go outside of the traditional teddies and high street gifts this year and celebrate the strength of yours and […]

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January 27, 2021

The Top Unique Homeware Products for 2021

For 16 years we’ve been suppliers of high quality, fairly traded, traditional Vietnamese lacquerware. We started our business because we both fell in love with the amazing colours, quality and textures of so many beautiful Vietnamese handicrafts that were based on traditions handed down over centuries. We felt as though we wanted to display those […]

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January 22, 2021

5 Stunning Dining Room Table Centerpiece Ideas

When not in use, the dining room table can become a centrepiece of any home. The right decorative theme can transform a large expanse of wood or glass into an attention-stealing point of focus, or it can provide a complementary accessory to a room or area’s overall design and feel. Whilst a common option is […]

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January 4, 2021

5 Ways to Uniquely Decorate Your Fireplace

The fireplace. Over the holiday season it’s a traditional centrepiece, decorated with holly and ivy, or festive garlands of green and red.  Over the winter however, it’s a symbolism of warmth and comfort. A place to heat up after a particularly cold walk, or a place to settle in with a book whilst the winter […]

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December 14, 2020

Have Yourself a Sustainable Christmas

Here at Silkwood Traders, you may have often heard us mention jackfruit wood and the Jackfruit tree. Jackfruit wood is a material used to make a great number of our products, including our bowls, trinket boxes, tealights, wine holders and our vases. The Jackfruit tree however is one of our favourite trees to celebrate. Why? […]

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December 10, 2020

The Traditional Origins of Lacquerware

Lacquerware has a long and decorated history. In Vietnam, it is referred to as Sơn Mài where lacquer was used as one of the original Vietnamese painting materials.  Though lacquer is used in association with Chinese or Japanese handicrafts – often paintings – the difference between the two is the grinding technique used by the […]

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December 2, 2020

The Buyers Guide to Genuine Vietnamese Lacquerware

A problem those keen on collecting lacquerware items face is: How can you tell if it’s real? Whilst we at Silkwood Traders know our items are all genuine because we have built personal relationships with the designers and makers in Vietnam, that doesn’t mean each and every piece outside of the lacquer selling community is […]

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November 15, 2020

What is Vietnamese Lacquerware?

One of the most commonly asked questions around Vietnamese Lacquerware is… What exactly is it? Lacquer is a natural resin which is carefully extracted from the cây sơn tree, most commonly found high in the mountains of Phú Thọ Province.  The resin is harvested much the same way as rubber: An incision is made into […]

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August 12, 2020

We’re back and looking forward to seeing you!

Hi – our online shop is now back open and stocked up. Looking forward to seeing you very soon!

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