On Thursday, November 3rd, my friend, Juliane Derry (MCI Conservation Intern) will be giving a presentation at the MCI Theater at the Museum Support Center in Suitland, MD of her trips to India documenting modern day shellac processing. I saw this presentation at the Virginia Restorer's Conference I attended in August. It was enlightening to say the least. I highly recommend the presentation to all interested.
This Museum Conservation Lecture is titled: "Modern Indigenous Shellac Harvesting and Processing"
The official write up relates:
"Over the past three years Ms. Derry has embarked on two trips to India
to research the local commerce in shellac, including the cultivation
and harvesting of the raw resin, trade, and traditional and mechanized
processing. This lecture will recap her experiences and observations
from these trips."
For more information, visit http://www.si.edu/mci/downloads/topics/Derry.pdf.