Olinalá Lacquer Tray
The town of Olinalá, located in the mountains of Guerrero, is one of the most important and largest center for lacquer production in Mexico.
These trays are made from layers of a semi-liquid paste known as maque: a mixture of chia or linseed oil and natural refined clays that are combined with animal and vegetable pigments to achieve different colors. Once applied, the maque is left to dry and hand burnished to achieve a smooth sheen. Once dry, intricate designs are hand etched - a technique known as "rayado". The design is carved using the point of a sharp cactus needle inserted in a turkey quill. The fine incised lines reveal contrasting colored maque. Once etched, the lacquer pieces are burnished to achieve a smooth sheen. The process of layering, drying, etching and polishing takes up to three months to create one tray.
Dimensions: 18" x 12.5"
*All items sold by Vía Raíz are handmade. Therefore they may have small "imperfections" or slight variations of color and design between each product—we think that is part of the beauty of having something made with care by individual artisans.
**Our website photos are a close representation of this piece, but may not be identical to the one you receive.