Lacquer Art: A Timeless Craft

Lacquer is generally associated with a clear and coloured resin that is dried to make a
long-lasting finish, mostly on wooden items. Lacquer is very popular among the Chinese
and Japanese, and they use lacquer as a finishing material for furniture, wooden items,
and other products.
Let's talk about the history of lacquer. It can be traced back to the early Jomon period
around 9,000 years ago in the Kakinoshima (an archaeological site in Hokkaido), Japan,
the greatest lacquer craft source. With time, lacquering methods have been passed
from one generation to another and got refined as well. The durability of the lacquer
became the focal reason to catch everyone's attention. Therefore, different decorative
items started being produced.

Moreover, the Asuka period (538-710) with the arrival of Buddhism in Japan is said to
apply the lacquer method on Buddhist altarpieces, such as the Tamamushi-no-Zushi
(Beetle Wing Shrine) of Horyu-Ji Temple. At the same time, the sides of this shrine
gracefully depict Shashinshiko pictures, painted with the mitsudae painting technique
(referred to as the lacquer painting technique by different protectors). During the Asuka
period, lacquer and cloth were the main materials used in making Buddhist sculptures.
Furthermore, in Pakistan, the arts and crafts are deeply rooted in its diverse culture and
lacquer art, being one of the unique crafts that play a vital role in the glorious heritage of
Pakistan.

Lacquer Art in Pakistan

The skilled artisans of Pakistan have learned this beautiful art from their ancestors and continue passing it down to their generation. Lacquer art reached Pakistan from China around two thousand years ago, and since then, it has stayed in Pakistan forever.
Lacquer art was highly appreciated in the Mughal Period; the Mughal rulers supported lacquer painters and encouraged them to preserve it. Lacquer art is the specialty of Dera Ismail Khan, Sargodha, and Sillanwali. Also, Lac Turney and lacwork are names for the lacquer craft, which are types of woodwork decorated with exquisite designs. The most popular lacquer items are table lamps, tissue boxes, jewelry boxes, and other
decorative items.

The skilled artisans of Pakistan have learned this beautiful art from their ancestors and
continue passing it down to their generation. Lacquer art reached Pakistan from China
around two thousand years ago, and since then, it has stayed in Pakistan forever.
Lacquer art was highly appreciated in the Mughal Period; the Mughal rulers supported
lacquer painters and encouraged them to preserve it. Lacquer art is the specialty of
Dera Ismail Khan, Sargodha, and Sillanwali. Also, Lac Turney and lacwork are names
for the lacquer craft, which are types of woodwork decorated with exquisite designs.
The most popular lacquer items are table lamps, tissue boxes, jewelry boxes, and other
decorative items.