We set off fairly early in the morning to visit a lacquerware manufacturing workshop, which I believed to be similar to some of the ones I had had the opportunity to visit in various other Asian countries. I would soon realise that it had nothing to do with what I had seen before, because Vietnamese lacquerware incorporates delicate inlays of eggshells and mother-of-pearl so as to further produce intricate designed ceramics and decorative pieces.
We watched the inlaying process for a while having afterwards wandered around the shop not knowing where to look. Even the simplest boxes and jewellery were embellished with intricately meticulous inlay work.
I bought rather small souvenir which I fell in love with because of the carving work involved and the additional mother-of-pearl inlay work.
As I sat outside looking at a pagoda-like building right in front of the shop whilst waiting for my trip companions to come out with their bought souvenirs I wondered whether the majority of buyers knows the amount of time and dedicated work involved in this type of Art ...
(To be continued)