Lacquerware is one of the famous handicrafts made in Bagan.
The workmanship seemed to be fairly sophisticated and at par with those made in Japan and China.
Of course, tourists should take precautions on the lower quality lacquerware sold on the roadside stalls.
The manufacturing process of lacquerware is labour intensive and tedious.
It started with bamboo base structure, and sometimes tied with horse hair.
Layers and layers of lacqeur saps are applied to the vessels (by hand).
The items are air dried in the cellar. Decorative arts are later carved or painted onto the vessels or furniture.
There are other Burmese handicrafts like umbrella and longyi (besides the gemstones).