Lacquer craft is the application of lacquer on wood in pleasing shades to
create a distinctive appeal. Etikoppaka in Andhra Pradesh is one of the
most important centres of this craft.
Lacquering is done on a lathe, hand- or machine-operated. For turning
slender and delicate items, the hand-lathe is preferred. Lac is applied
in a dry state. That is, the lacstick is pressed against the woodenware to be
lacquered. As the latter keeps revolving the heat from friction softens
the lac, enabling the colour to stick. Designs are painted with a brush
on figures, objects and toys. Among the most popular lacquerware are the
lac bangles. Hitherto studded with gold and precious stones, today they
are also available with beads, glass, stones, mirrors and more.