Craftsmen

L’Indochineur has always worked directly with craftsmen, since the beginning. We develop mutually benefitting long-term relationships with our Vietnamese partners. We always look for specific know-how and the highest quality.

 

We regularly select new crasftmen, whose savoir-faire will complete the skills of our existing partners.


Materials

L’Indochineur uses a wide variety of natural materials. Working with these materials requires to be patient, precise and ability. These skills are passed down from each generation to the next, in Vietnamese craftsmen families and villages.

A selection of the most iconic materials in our collections are described below

Blond Zebu Horn


The natural African zebu horn (Bos Taurus) is marbled with blond and black streaks. The horn are carefully selected by our craftsmen to get the specifically blond aspect they are looking for.

Our materials come from the recycling and appreciation of the horns from domestic animals.

 

Black Zebu Horn


As the blond horn, the black zebu horn comes from the African zebu (Bos Taurus). Hence, it is marbled with bond streaks and requires a careful selection process to reach the right aspect.

Our materials come from the recycling and appreciation of the horns from domestic animals.

Black Buffalo Horn


Unlike the African Zebu horn, the horn from the vietnamese water buffalo (Bubalus Bubalis) is uniformly black.

The horns we use come from the recycling and appreciation of the horns from domestic animals. 

 


Stone


Commonly called soapstone, the steatite is largely composed of mineral talc. Predominantly gray, the natural stone is sometimes shaded with blue, pink, copper or white. Once the delicate work of sculpting and polishing is complete, the material reveals its final appearance and silky glow.

Lacquer


The use of lacquer belongs to the oldest and the most emblematic techniques of Asian crafts. Traditionally the raw material of lacquer is the resin produced by the lacquer tree (Rhus succedanea or Cây Son in Vietnamese). The ancestral lacquer required many applications as well as long months of drying, and only allowed a limited production of colors. Today, the artisans use an artificial lacquer. 

Brass


Brass is an alloy of metals. Ductile and malleable, it is mainly composed of copper and zinc, and is the most widespread copper alloy. The production is simple using minerals, this was a skill already mastered by the metallurgists in Antiquity. 


Water Buffalo Bone


The Asian artisans have sculpted the bone and magnified this material for ages. The finesse and brilliant whiteness of the bone allows them to work with exceptional detail, i.e. rings, bracelets, chopstick holders, and to obtain a particular refinement in the finishing of the pieces. The natural bone used by our craftsmen comes from the recycling and appreciation of the bones from the farm-raised Vietnamese water buffaloes.

Water Buffalo Hoof


Distinguished by the light and translucent veining that marbles the deep brown of its surface, the buffalo hoof is a luminous material. The natural hoof used by our craftsmen is ethically sourced. It comes from the recycling and appreciation of the hoof from Vietnamese farm-raised water buffaloes.