Lacquerware is a traditional craft of Karnataka largely practiced by craftsmen in Chennapatna, located about 65 km from Bangalore. The lacquer ware craft involves the application of lacquer on wood being revolved by hand or power operated lathe. During the lacquering process colored lac sticks are pressed against the shaped wooden object to be lacquered.
Chennapatna is the hub of a wide array of lacquerware products
including toys for children, kitchenware, tableware, bangles and
jewellery, furniture items, cradles and many more items of utility
value. Artisans engaged in this traditional craft are called chitragars
and they mostly reside in several villages around Chennapatna like
Makkan, Yelekeri, and Diara.
The hale wood is the preferred choice for lacquering, as it is
extremely close grained, moderately hard, and ideal for turning. After
the wood is cut into the required size and shape, it is rotated using a
lathe so as to smoothen it. Finally, the lacquering of the surface is
done by using lac sticks that melt into the revolving wood and imprint