Lacqerware craft of Benares is a popular craft. The artisans use eucalyptus wood for their lathe based work. The popular products are Sindhura (auspicious for marriage ceremony), Russian Dolls (7 dolls fit inot one another).
The Beehive India after its first visit realized that the products are not selling much, and the artisans are frustrated. They are using very basic facilities without any technological support. Also, the artisans are not very open to new designs.
A new direction is required in terms of better quality, finish, right method of seasoning and entirely new product range needs to be developed.
We developed a bottle using Benares lathe and we also experimented with integrating lathe and comb craft. The hollow body is being made by the lathe artisan and a comb artisan cuts motifs on it. We have made a few lights, lamps combining both the techniques.