For volume buyers looking for lacquerware, Vietnam is a sourcing destination to consider.
Lacquered tableware, home furnishings and furniture from the country feature finely crafted unique designs. Within this report, buyers will find contemporary pieces that have been manufactured using traditional techniques.
A key factor enabling the lacquer industry to create unique pieces is the large pool of artists and artisans found in the country. Vietnam has an estimated 1,500 craft villages serving as home to painters, carvers, weavers and other skilled workers whose techniques have been passed down from previous generations.
Traditional techniques of lacquer painting, in particular, are still practiced in the various villages in the north and south of Vietnam. The art is also taught in universities and workshops, enabling more people— especially the younger generation—to learn how to create designs and apply lacquer.
The diversity of raw materials available in the country enables makers to apply the art of lacquer work to various items, ranging from small paperweights to large cabinets. Lacquerware for export includes bamboo, rattan, clay and wooden products embellished with seashells, eggshells and gold or silver leaf.
The industry is facing a number of challenges that threaten its growth, not the least of which are rising costs and price competition. Lacquerware suppliers, the government and relevant industry associations are working together to make the traditional craft of lacquer work relevant in the modern world and thereby more attractive to consumers.