These lacquer pots are handmade using traditional methods, and no two are exactly the same. The craftsman uses genuine lac, which is a secretion from thousands of tiny insects found in trees. Different coloured lacs are applied to wooden pots in layers, allowing each layer to dry before applying the next. Then the top layer is skilfully scraped off to reveal the colour of the layer below. It's a painstaking process to create these richly coloured and beautifully decorated pots, which are ideal for storing jewellery and trinkets, as well as simply being lovely decorative ornaments in their own right. PLEASE NOTE: I am away in Sri Lanka from 1st - 19th May. Any orders placed during this period will not be fulfilled until my return. With many thanks for your understanding.