Lacquered Bamboo Wood Jihatsu Bowls. Handmade from natural (urushi) lacquered bamboo wood. Diameter and height in cm; 12.6 x 5.5, 11.6 x 4.6, 11 x 4, 10.2 x 3.4, and 9.5 x 2.8. Made in (Myanmar) Burma. The tradition of lacquer-ware in Burma is centuries old, where lacquer-ware rice bowls, water carafes, and vases are still in use in many monasteries. The lacquer is made from sap which is drawn from the melanorrhoea usitata tree, and the inside color is made from the pigment from cinnabar sap. Once the bamboo base is made, the object is sealed with a layer of paste made from sawdust mixed with lacquer and left in an underground brick cellar to dry and harden for up to 10 days. The object is then polished on a lathe using a dried leaf. A second layer of sifted sawdust and lacquer is then applied and the object is returned to the cellar. This process is repeated several times using progressively finer coats of lacquer. In the latter stages sawdust is replaced with ash to be mixed with the lacquer until a final coat of the highest quality lacquer is applied, offering a deep black lustrous surface. It takes three to four months to finish each set of these bowls.