Silkwood Trader’s Picasso wooden lacquer vases are 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.
- Available in 2 sizes – 25cm and 35cm. We are sorry but we no longer stock the 45cm size.
- Ideally suited for dried or artificial flowers
- Presented in a protective, plain black drawstring bag and shipped in a plain cardboard box.
The Picasso wooden lacquer 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.