How Maldivian Liyelaa / Laquerwork is made - Timelapses of Manual and Mechanical methods

Despite the looming threat of rising sea levels, the greatest threat to Maldivian culture has always been ourselves. Here's to hoping traditions like this survive the culture wars.

Timelapse of Maldivian liyelaa / laquerwork from Baa Atoll Thulhaadhoo. (2009)

This method uses a rope and man power to spin the wooden block. The craftsmen claimed they used this method because it provides better control and a better quality finished product.

Timelapse of Maldivian liyelaa / laquerwork from Baa Atoll Thulhaadhoo. (2009)

This method uses a an electric motor to spin the wooden block. The craftsmen preferred this method for its efficiency and speed.