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ABOUT

Indochine is a wholesale company owned and operated by Lieve Welvaert, who lived in Vietnam for over 3 years. Fascinated by the enormous variety of arts and crafts that are still hand-made by the Vietnamese in old-fashioned ways, a first collection of lacquerware, ceramics, rattan- and bamboo items was imported into Europe.

Based on the success of this first collection, Indochine was founded in 1999 and today sells traditional and modern Vietnamese lacquerware to customers in over 50 countries.

Our clients comprise home decoration and fashion boutiques, party and event organisers, architects, retail outlets, decorators, florists, hotels, restaurants and caterers. Amongst our internationally known customers are the Hotel Metropole in Monaco, Hotel Arts in Barcelona, Disneyland Paris, the restaurants of Joël Robuchon and party architect of the world, Mr Johnny Roxburgh.

VIETNAM

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Production of Indochine's lacquerware is done exclusively in one of Vietnam's traditional "craft villages", by hand using old-fashioned methods and mostly natural materials. We don't buy from factories and we source directly, promoting handicraft and using "fair-trade" principles.

All of our products are made exclusively for Indochine, imported by container-load packed in wooden crates, and distributed from our central warehouse in the historic town of Bruges.

Significant orders are often shipped directly from Vietnam to the client and we can also make custom-designed products, imprint customised logos, or use colours specified by clients. Please advise us of your requirements or ideas and we will be happy to provide you with a quote.

We are a regular exhibitor at "Maison et Objet" in Paris, where we exhibit since 2001 and always enjoy meeting existing as well as new customers.

Our mission has remained unaltered since Lieve Welvaert first returned from Vietnam: To promote Vietnamese handicraft and to bring colour to our client's environment, by way of objects that are both decorative and useful.

 


 

 

THE PROCESS

Wood and bamboo are the main components of our products. Historically a paint derived from the coconut palm was used. The effect was a more pink-red colour. The red is linked with happiness and as such, with marriage. Even today red lacquer boxes are still the most traditional wedding gift. The boxes are filled with herbs, betelnut and money. 

Nowadays, 3 layers of a first kind of paint are applied, followed by 7 layers of 2 more paints each. In between each layer 2 to 8 days of drying is needed. Finally the product is abraded with sandpaper and rinsed with water. This lengthy process takes up to 25 days for the traditional brownish red lacquer and up to 6 weeks for other colours. .