Gold Leaf Lacquerware

A Thai Royal Heritage & Tradition

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$24.00 per guest
Hosted by Nuch Lacquerware

Highlights

  • Experience creating your own piece of traditional Thai lacquerware using gold leaf
  • Learn traditional techniques from a Thai lacquerware master
  • Understand the process of applying gold leaf to lacquerware
  • Make and bring home your own self-made lacquerware design

Inclusive of:

  • Entire experience, all tools and materials you need
  • Making of a small lacquerware piece with your own design to bring home
  • English Speaking Facilitator

Not Inclusive of:

  • Additional purchases/pieces
  • Food & Water
  • Pickup & Dropoff from hotel
4.9 Out of 5
10 Reviews
Supitcha Chatpattanasiri
5
27 Feb, 2018

My mom is a local at the community. When I was a child, she used to bring me to this area every time we came to Chiang M...

Kim Corfman United States
5
2 Sep, 2017

Lovely experience adding a gold leaf design to a lacquerware box in a small workshop adjacent to the Nuch Lacquerware st...

$US 24.00 per guest
2 hours
1 - 10 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

The Tai Khern lacquerware artisans migrated from Chiang Toong to Chiangmai in the 18th and 19th centuries, either by choice or by force. Throughout this time, artisans have maintained their traditional methods. The Tai Khern Gold Leaf lacquerware requires sophisticated workmanship. Intricate patterns are made by puncturing tracing paper with micro-holes. The paper is then wrapped over a piece of lacuqerware and brushed with powder. The powder forms the guidelines for applying a special liquid made of tree sap, which is designed to fall off once it comes into contact with water. The other parts are then covered in a natural lacquer before the gold leaf is applied over the entire area. The piece is left to dry for awhile (much longer in big professional pieces) but only a few minutes in this experience. The whole piece of lacquerware is then submerged in water and the parts traced over with natural tree sap will cause the gold leaf to wash off in the water, leaving a beautiful pattern on your lacuqerware. You will be able to choose a variety of patterns from the traditional designs used to adorn numerous temples and lacquerware in Thailand. Or if you're up for it you can create your own design on a new piece of tracing paper and imprint it on a lacquerware of your choice for a completely unique self-made souvenir to bring home!

Additional Information:

  • Pick-up location: Exact pick-up location address along with map direction will be sent to your email instantly after booking
  • Please be at the meeting point 10 minutes before the booking time
  • Pick up is available as an add-on
  • There might be other people on the same experience
  • You are free to use one of the many designs available or just be creative and make your own design

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Your Local Host

Nuch Lacquerware

When I was young I worked for a Japanese lacquerware factory. The taught me many techniques in the lacquer art. Now, I earn a living from making lacquered art for shops in Chiang Mai.

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10 reviews from people who took this experience

Supitcha Chatpattanasiri
5
27 Feb, 2018

My mom is a local at the community. When I was a child, she used to bring me to this area every time we came to Chiang Mai. Learning how to make a lacquerware of my own at the community was like trekking back to my own family's past. The host also told me that I was the first Thai who booked an activity in Thailand via backstreet!!! I felt so honoured to be their first Thai guest. Hope that a Thai traveller will make the next booking soon. Thailand has so many beautiful cultures for the young generations to explore, and I am looking forward to my next exploration soon.

Kim Corfman United States
5
2 Sep, 2017

Lovely experience adding a gold leaf design to a lacquerware box in a small workshop adjacent to the Nuch Lacquerware store. You can create your own design or use a template. Apple, my Backstreet guide, spoke good English and translated for the craftsperson/teacher. A fun and interesting cultural experience, complete with personal souvenir.

Ayala Pistiner Israel
5
5 Jul, 2017

Its was great! we went with 2 children aged 12, 10 and an adult. we all enjoyed very much. 2 hours of beautiful expirience!

KPC7
5
27 Jun, 2017

Lovely experience adding a gold leaf design to a lacquerware box in a small workshop adjacent to the Nuch Lacquerware store. You can create your own design or use a template. Apple, my Backstreet guide, spoke good English and translated for the craftsperson/teacher. A fun and interesting cultural experience, complete with personal souvenir.

M Nosivel United States
5
12 Jan, 2017

Great experience! You actually get a square or rectangular box with lid instead of what is pictured. You pick your design from several patterns. The location is outside and you also get to see different displays of lacquerware. The translator spoke perfect English and the teacher was very experienced. Highly recommended!

US$ 24.00 per guest
10 Reviews