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Huong Nga Fine Arts

If you've visited Vietnam you would, without a doubt, have noticed lacquered art and decor on your travels. Creating lacquerware is a Vietnamese tradition; however the quality and design can vary drastically. We are over the moon to be showcasing high end modern lacquerware from Huong Nga Fine Arts, a highly respected decor brand from Ho Chi Minh City.

Huong Nga Fine Arts Co is an awards-winning furniture and decor company established in 1988 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It boasts a proud tradition of crafting high end lacquer furniture and accessories. All products are designed and crafted in Ho Chi Minh.

Huong Nga creates exclusive and functional art pieces that embody the Vietnamese heritage of lacquer but with modern techniques.

The stunning decorative lacquerware you see in this collection have all been hand-painted by talented Vietnamese artists and artisans. 

Each creation of lacquered product from the Huong Nga Fine Arts workshop is the result of a time-honoured process. Each piece is given 13 coats of lacquer which contributes to its durability and beauty.

The traditional lacquer process practiced in Vietnam is quite complicated and can take up to 4 months to finish but one piece. Even a simple tray takes a minimum of 75 days.

Lacquerware refers to wooden or fibreglass objects painted and preserved with lacquer. Lacquer is a clear, water-resistant resin made from the sap of the Rhus Succedanea tree. The application of lacquer to wooden artifacts is an ancient process dating back thousands of years.

Lacquerware can arguably be considered one of Asia’s most significant contributions to the world of fine art.

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Lacquerware in Vietnam

The tradition of harvesting lacquer traces its origins in Phu Tho, in the heart of Northern Vietnam, and dates back over two millennia. It is here that Vietnamese artisans discovered how to use the Rhus Succedanea Tree sap, a sumac of South East Asia, and how to convert the oleo-resins into a slow drying natural lacquer which can be used to protect delicate paintings and other forms of art. Obtaining the lacquer and crafting lacquer ware is a process that requires knowledge, patience, ingenuity and foresight. The final product must be aesthetically pleasing but also functional and durable. A well-crafted lacquer ware product should be able to last as long as the tradition that built it.