Lacquered Rolling Pins- Set of 2- Black & Yellow
Wooden Rolling Pins (Belan) handmade by Kutch Lacquer artisans. Use them to mix, Or use them to show; Use them as rare pieces.
- The set includes set of 2 rolling pins / belan made of Babul or Neem wood
- Lightweight, extremely durable and hardy
- Long handle provides easy grip
- Handcrafted by Kutch Lacquer artisans.
- Made from natural colours
- Colorful addition to any kitchen
Craft Story: The making process of these rolling pins begins with crafting the raw wood into the desired product. Generally, the wood used is Babul wood, native to the region. Then coloured lacquer is applied to wood by heat through turning with a hand lathe. Then by pressing another piece of wood against it, friction cause the lac to heat up on the surface, melting and spreading it into an even layer covering the wood with a tough opaque layer.
An application of groundnut oil is used to help this latter process. By applying different color in layers, various effects can be achieved. Often a top layer of color is chiseled off in a geometric or floral pattern to reveal the color below. Lac, a material taken from insect resin, has been used in Indian craft for centuries. In the process, the artisan maneuvers the lacquered colors to create patterns by hand in kaleidoscopic designs. This form of lacquered patterning is found only in Kachchh.
The Vadhas are a nomadic community that moved throughout Kachchh through villages like Nirona and Jura. They collected natural stones and colors from forests, created lacquer goods, and bartered them with the Maldhari community, who they had close ties with. The artisans create a wide range of products from this craft varying from spoons and ladles to toys and other utility articles. Traditionally, the lacquer is coloured with vegetable dyes sourced from the natural ingredients from the surroundings like turmeric, indigo, charcoal and stones etc. Now, along with the natural colours artisans use brightly coloured chemical dyes.
- Gently wash with mild detergents and keep it dry
- Avoid soaking in water for long duration
- Do not use steel scrubber
- If the shine of the colours dim over a period of time, apply castor oil and polish with a cotton cloth.
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