(Information taken from a description given by cottage-industry place in Pagan, Burma where lacquered box was acquired.) "Ground" of this round, black-lacquer, lidded box with gold-leaf decoration is of bamboo (split thin) and woven into its shape in the manner for wicker work. (Best workers for this are the shans and at Njaung-U.) Applied to the "ground" is Thi'si, a dark sap (like Japanese urushi) that grows wild in jungle; it does not float when green; is dark colored and hardens soon. To keep from hardening, water sometimes placed on top of sap but this depreciates value; best used directly from the tree on to "ground". Oil (peop) is then applied to the shaped "ground" by hand; then dried out in the sun for 3 days; after which the article is covered with paste thago (combination of teak sawdust, thi'si, and rice water) hardened, then smoothed by lathe, and polished (black). Pattern is then put on by new thi'si This stands out. All is covered with red paint. Burnishing again removed re paint, but the black pattern of new thi's remains. This black pattern is decoated with 24-carat gold leaf. (ornamentation can be done also with several colors, if artisan so wishes. Often three colors used: red from vermillion or red ochre: yellow, orpiment; green, indigo and orpiment. ) Final step is application of clear varnish called shansi; has a dark of thi'si in it. All is rubbed gently with powdered, petrified wood and put in the sun to darken. (preparation makes white blisters on hand).