Lacquer from Burma is pretty unique in its character and high quality. A typical piece takes about 7 months from beginning to end to produce. Many pieces are hand-etched during the process and are indeed beautiful and unique….no two are exactly alike. Most Burmese lacquer is produced in the Bagan area in central Burma. There are many different steps including application of lacquer, drying (generally underground), etching, painting, lacquering repeatedly. Generally, bamboo is used, although some delicate pieces use horse tail hair.