Lac is one oldest resins known to mankind. It is formed from the secretions of particular species of insect on host trees. In India lac resin is found in the belt that stretches from Maharashtara in the west to West Bengal. In Chhattisgarh, as in other places, lac was earlier found naturally, but has been cultivated in suitable areas to increase production for commercial use. Kanker and Charama have been found to be suitable for lac cultivation. This video is a conversation with Mr Vasant from Sahebhagi organisation about the importance of Lac in the lives of Adivasis from Chhattisgarh and, the role of Sahebhagi in facilitating Lac cultivation among the local peasant community for sustenance.
This content has been created as part of a project commissioned by the Directorate of Culture and archaeology, Government of Chhattisgarh to document the cultural and natural heritage of the state of Chhattisgarh.
Sahabhagi Samaj Sevi Sanstha http://sahbhagicg.org/