Buttermilk Churner: Lac-Turned Wood
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- The name Wadha means “one who works with wood”. Traditionally a nomadic community, they are now settled in villages of Kutch for the last few generations.
- The community is socio-economically poor and NGOs around the area have been helping them for the last few years.
- The community is known for making kitchen accessories made of locally available wood.
- The wood used in making the kitchen accessory is from local babul or neem tree which is chiselled in their simple self-made lathe made of wood and a string operated by hand, to get the desired shape.
- The lathe is turned with lac to get the desired base colour.
- On top of this the artisan adds layers of colours to get various designs.
- Lac is obtained from sap of Rhus tree, heated and mixed with groundnut oil and colour to form a thick, opaque paste.
- Colours are obtained through natural ways. Some examples are: brown is from the natural lac colour, black by burning thor-ka-ped, lemon yellow from haldi, blue from neem leaf & castor oil, maroon from natural stone found in the forest etc.
- Use them for churning your favourite buttermilk or chaas.
- Natural colours used in the kitchen accessories, no chemicals added, safe and simple solution to a sustainable household.
- Gently wash with mild detergents and keep it dry
- Avoid soaking in water for long duration
- Do not use steel scrubber
- If the shine of the colours dim over a period of time, apply castor oil and polish with a cotton cloth.
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