Friday, June 03, 2011

Koli Wooden Lac, Nirona

Under the shade of a tree in Nirona, a group of Koli men were engaged in making wooden objects with lac coloring. Using a primitive lathe, pieces of teak wood were rounded and shaped. An elderly man used a chisel and file to form the main spatula part. Back on the lathe, a colored lac stick was pressed against the surface of the revolving handle. Due to the heat of friction, the colored lac melted and spread on the wooden handle. A cotton rag containing oil was applied to create even application as well as forming designs.

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