The beautiful Island Nation of the Maldives presents one of its finest example of artistic mastery and skill; Liyelaa Jehun.
This is the technique used in mixing lacquer with any coloring pigment.
Lacquer is applied onto the wood as softly and smoothly as possible.
The ihaa gondi is continuously moved around to uniformly distribute the lacquer across the object
After the lacquer is smoothened, the product is polished, giving it a glossy look.
After applying lacquer, craftsmen scratch the top lacquer layer off, revealing the layer beneath which is in another color to highlight the created intricately beautiful designs.
Exhibition Designed by Hassan Mohamed, Department of Heritage, Maldives
Photography and Videography by Ibrahim Mujah and Hassan Mohamed, Department of Heritage, Maldives
Project Team: Ahmed Zameer, Ibrahim Mujah, Hassan Mohamed, Department of Heritage, Maldives
Special Thanks to Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahman of B. Thulhaadhoo Island for performing Liyelaa Jehun and the generous hospitality given to the Project Team
Project funded by International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHCAP)