Established since December, 1986 by Lacquer painter Pham Kim Ma (Kima).
Biography of Mr Pham Kim Ma:
Graduating from the Lacquer Department, Vietnam University of Industrial Art.
Taking part in training courses at (AOTS) in Japan.
The professional job:
Creating lacquer paintings.
Creating and producing lacquer products.
Researching and restoring lacquer, gold trimmed red lacquer religious products such as Buddha, statues, Altars, etc.....
Training Vietnamese and foreign people having interests in traditional lacquer.
The main rules and objectives of operation.
Be grateful to the pioneers of lacquer, respect the teacher- student, friend relationship.
Be faithful, enhance, the prestige and job morals.
Positively preserve the Vietnam traditional lacquer.
Be modest and ardor in creation, concentrate on studying new styles in the creation of lacquer paintings and products for daily life.
Since 1986, Lacquer painter Pham Kim Ma has taught many Vietnamese and foreign people to create lacquer wares using traditional methods. In 1991, KIMA and Mr. Jean- Mar Bonnamy (French nationality, former Director of UNIDO in Vietnam) wrote a book named Vietnam Lacquer together.
Studying and exchanging knowledge, in 1998, KIMA sent his workers to WAJIMA LACQUERWARE OMUKAI KOSUDO Co. Ltd in Wajima, Japan to learn lacquer wares. KIMA lacquer paintings and other lacquer products have been recommended as well as sold a lot in Japan, France, Australia, etc....
Besides, KIMA has exported KIMA lacquer wares to Tokyo and Kyoto markets including many unconventional and work pieces with high artistic value such Japanese style religious products as Mikoshi....Also, KIMA produces applied lacquer products in variety of bowls, trays, plates, boxes......KIMA has also produced and exported wood products (Japanese styled tea table, wardrobe, chair....) together with other fine art products to Japan.
To protect the health of the users, KIMA is extremely strict in choosing the natural materials making the products. So KIMA never uses any chemical substances that are harmful to both mankind and environment.
KIMA apply special technology for the production of traditional lacquer products. Actually, the each product is an artistic work assessed by international l- ranking quality ( they have awarded with a great number of international Certificates). The traditional lacquer product line is made of natural raw materials. The production process requires cleverly lacquer resin making and complicatedly decorating techniques. It takes man power and an interval of 4 to 6 months until the product is finished. In comparison with the new style lacquer products using industrial paint with simple process and period of short time (about 15 to 45 days). The quality of KIMA traditional products are much better and they are able to put up with the hash weather of different countries. Their longevity may prolong several decades even longer.
After spending some years in Vietnam conducting a survey, some international Organizations have come to the conclusion that KIMA is the unique producer following the traditional methods in producing in Vietnam. Therefore, KIMA lacquer products embrace distinct characteristics reorganized only by those who really love and have good knowledge about Vietnamese lacquer wares.
KIMA cooperate with Hanoi UNESCO in opening Lacquer’s vocational training classes for homeless children in order to provide them with experiences and help the become the good citizens.
Recently, the traditional lacquer profession in Vietnam has sunk into oblivion and the a number of artisan- artists following the traditional styles have reduced. Therefore KIMA has paid much attention towards the investment of training qualified workers.
KIMA would like to thanks to the individuals, organizations and customers supporting to genuine lacquer art. KIMA always look forward to the cooperation ,support and vocational exchanges with domestic and foreign organizations. KIMA desire to contribute a little in the preservation and enhancement of Vietnamese traditional lacquer
KIMA products have won a lot of international awards:
-In 2003, KIMA lacquer box awarded with the UNESCO- AHPADA SEAL OF EXCELLENCE.
- In 2004, KIMA lacquer square tray and flower vase awarded with the UNESCO- AHPADA SEAL OF EXCELLENCE.
- In 2004, KIMA also received THE GOOD DESIGN AWARD ASEAN SELECTION 2004 G- MARK of a Japan organization for the KIMA lacquer square tray. ( Please visit website: www.g-mark.org
- In 2005, two KIMA lacquer products of tureen and plate awarded with the UNESCO- AHPADA SEAL OF EXCELLENCE.
- In 2006, KIMA lacquer product of Fruit and Wine Lacquer Bowl awarded with the UNESCO- AHPADA SEAL OF EXCELLENCE.
Mrs Duong thi Minh Ha
KIMA Lacquer Art
Add: 11 Thi Sach str - Hanoi - Vietnam
Tel: 84 4 39763112 /62782557 Fax : 844 39783888
Painting Workshop KIMA: 77A Dai Co Viet str - Hanoi