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OPEN SOURCE / SHARING KNOWLEDGE/ ARCHIVE
All the information and footage was collected during the Field research to Thailand, supported by Creasia Group.
Three Main Steps:
The harvesting process starts with cutting down all of the branches from the tree, until the tree is ‘naked’. Since Lac insects thrives best on tender shoots rather than old and woody ones, this will provide a suitable ground for the next season. so the insects will be well fed and thrive upon, the host plants must be receptive and suitable. All the branches full of lac are gathered from the field and being transported to a scraping station. The process is very tedious and slow. It involves sitting on the ground with a group and scraping by means of a special type of knifes. From there, it will be transported to the factory.
Mature lac cocoon being harvested.
Full grown cocoon
Farmers chopping down all branches to harvest the lac and grow fresh twigs for the next season.
It takes two years for the tree to re-grow to a condition where it’s able to host more insects. Therefore every year the farmer only cultivates half of the trees in the field, so every year some are being cultivated and some are recovering.
All the stick lac are being transported to a scraping station where the lac is being detached from the branches and gathered to be transported to the pactory.
The hands of the scrapers gets red of the natural colour of the lac.
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