Eggshells


on the product after applying 6 to 8 layers of lacquer. Each piece of eggshell is manually inlaid into the mould with great attention for its effect on the overall design. Multiple layers of lacquer are then applied. The piece is finished with purified beeswax polished to a high gloss. Hanoia’s most famous eggshell inlaid products include trays, boxes and some jewelry collections.

Eggshells are one of those typical, true wonders of nature. They protect, feed and give birth to new life. Therefore, there’s great and meaningful resemblance with the art of eggshell inlay created by Vietnamese craftsmen. Using one of Mother Earth’s most fragile materials, they give birth to incredible works of art.

The art of eggshell inlay originated in China then spread to Japan via Korea and ultimately became one of Vietnam’s most well-known traditional crafts.

Eggshell inlay uses hatched duck eggs, because of their inherent thickness and whiteness. It was first developed to provide areas of white in lacquer work. Gradually, it becomes a delicate pattern as itself.

This technique requires the skills of true artisans, who inherited their knowledge from generations of craftsmen and brought it to perfection in order to create the true treasures.

The eggshell is inlaid into one of nature’s most durable products: lacquer. The combination of these two materials, using centuries-old techniques, result in the most exquisite and original lacquerware crafted by hand today. 

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Hanoia’s artisans start inlaying eggshells on the product after applying 6 to 8 layers of lacquer. Each piece of eggshell is manually inlaid into the mould with great attention for its effect on the overall design. Multiple layers of lacquer are...

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