The craft of Lacquered wood is a beautiful craft that has been in my family for generations. My grandfather would collect insects, stones and other things from nature to make colors for his lacquer goods, and bartered them with the Maldhari community. But now there is no use for the craft, we no longer barter, the market is very hard. I had given up the craft because I was making no money.
In 2010 Khamir invited me to a six month workshop on lacquered woods. It invited young and old men from the craft to share techniques and products. The young artisans are very skilled at creating patterns with their hands, making a kaleidoscope design. I have started working on the craft again but the market is still hard. I rely on tourist to buy my products to make money for my family and myself.