If the craftsmen of past centuries built temples with all their might, those of today are not left out. The art of lacquer leaves you dreaming, certainly more so than that of making corn cigars ...

 

 

The ancient art of lacquer

In Myanmar, artisans have taken the art of lacquerware to its peak. How can you imagine that this pretty little shiny black bowl with its drawings required so much time and meticulous work.

Lacquer is a resin produced by shrubs. To make a lacquer object, you can use various supports. Whether it is wood, woven bamboo strips and horsehair, eggshells, the possibilities are endless.

The secret lies (apart from the extraordinary know-how of the artists) in patience and time. Multiple coats of lacquer are necessary and drying time essential between each coat.

When the object has become sufficiently solid, the artists proceed to their decoration.

It's so exciting to follow.

 

There are also Burmese cigars ... But if no one in the world is able to compete with lacquer artists, not sure that this also applies to the manufacture of cigars ...

And what about the art of rolling in peanuts ...

 

about the place, Bagan:

The city of Bagan in Burma (Myanmar) is listed as a Unesco Heritage Site. Its name means "the city which tramples its enemies". The city's origins date back to the 9th century. It was the capital of the Pagan Empire. During the 250 years of the city's heyday, thousands of religious buildings were built. A thousand stupas, ten times more small temples and around 3000 monasteries were created in these blessed times for the inhabitants of the region. We are talking about a period from 1044 to 1287.

Many of these buildings were destroyed during wars or by earthquakes but there are enough left to amaze the most demanding tourists.

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Bagan, Myanmar