This dragonfly wooden lacquer vase provides a subtle and sophisticated column of colour in any room setting. Too beautiful to be hidden away when not in use, this is one vase that will never end up under the kitchen sink!
The dragonfly wooden lacquer vase is made from wood and over a period of about three months, the colour is applied, and then layer upon layer of lacquer is built up giving an incredible depth of colour and sheen. Each piece is an exquisite work of art with fine attention to detail showcasing traditional Vietnamese craftsmanship and skills passed down through the centuries.
- 35cm tall
- Ideally suited for dried or artificial flowers
- Presented in a protective, plain black drawstring bag and shipped in a plain cardboard box.
Silkwood Traders’ vases are made from jackfruit wood, a fast-growing fruit tree native to Vietnam.
Jackfruit tree wood, which is used to make many of our lacquer items, is truly a magic tree. Not only does it produce the largest fruit in the world, it does so over and over again each season, providing a cheap, plentiful, nutritious food source, medicines, wood for timber, dye for clothes, glue and food source for goats!
Each tree can grow up to 150 jackfruits over the two harvest seasons it can have each year making it an invaluable food source. It has even been hailed as a miracle solution to alleviating starvation in many areas of the world and as a way of meeting the challenges of climate change which could see traditional crops in some areas of the world die out.
Typically growing in sub-tropical locations in South and South-east Asia, each tree requires regular pruning to maintain its productivity. It’s easy to grow, drought-tolerant and disease-resistant. The timber has a long tradition of being used in building Ruong houses in the central provinces of Vietnam, shelters in Hoi An and Hue, Buddhist statues and fish sauce barrels. In other areas of Asia it is prized for making musical instruments.
As the jackfruit tree is indigenous to Vietnam, it’s viewed as a sustainable crop which means it adds to the ecosystem and doesn’t destroy it. It has adapted to the local climate and all parts of the tree can be used.
Here at Silkwood Traders, jackfruit wood is used in many of our products including the round tealights, bowls, vases, trinket boxes and natural wood wine holders.
The eggshell dragonfly – how do they make it ?
Egg shell is crushed and inserted on to the wood , then the whole piece is painted. The paint is then wiped off the egg shell areas. Lightly sanded , then this process is repeated up to 15 times.
However, how did they get the different coloured shading effects that can range from dark brown to beige to cream and almost white?
The family in Vietnam collect local egg and duck shell from from shops , wash them , place them on large steel trays and place on an open fire for about 5 minutes. Where the shell is touching the tray it begins to turn dark brown. The tray is removed from the fire and allowed to cool down. Now the egg shells have shades of colour from dark brown to white.
All the eggs are then crushed with rolling pins and a large pile of shell is ready to be sorted. The family then sit around and with great dexterity each pick out a shade of colour and fill their bowl. Finally we have up to eight bowls of different coloured egg shell ready to be inserted into the wood.