Olinala Lacquer Tea Box
$150.00|Made in Mexico
This olinala box has been finished in a traditional etching fashion unique to the region, which consists of applying a thin layer of resin made from chamate (chia oil), tlapezole (a mix of two types of earth) and powdered pigments. With the chamate applied, the tlapezole and pigments are carefully added before the piece is burnished.
Once the application is dried, another colored layer is applied and, using a spine or needle, etchings are made of motifs, animals, flowers, and plants. The lacquer without impressed design is then delicately removed using the point of a feather or a spine, to reveal the color that was hidden below. Following this same process, more colors can be added. This box is ideal for holding teabags, jewelry or other special trinkets.
11.81 x 6.89 x 2.76 inches
Terracotta, Black and Multicolor details
The celebrated Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral once wrote of Olinala wood: “My little box / Of Olinala / rose-hued wood/jacaranda. / When I open it / comes bursting out / It’s queenly smell / of Sheba”. As suggested by Mistral’s verses, Olinala wood carries a strong and enduring aroma, imparted from the Bursera Linanoe tree from which it is harvested. The artisanal lacquering technique used to make these boxes originates in the pre-Hispanic Olinala culture and is uniquely applied to this wonderfully fragrant wood. Once the wood is cut and sanded, pieces are varnished with a mix of linseed and chia oil, white earth and local tecoztle earth.
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