Shellac – a variety of natural resin, obtained from the secretion of insects (Kerria lacca) called June (from red colour), living in India and Thailand on trees, popularly called shellac. Depending on the type of tree, the shellac is yellow to red-brown. In India, this resin has been used as a dye for colouring clothes since ancient times. Since the 16th century, it has been a valued furniture surface polish as well as an ingredient of varnish, lacquer and solder varnish. Natural shellac, despite the wide use of synthetic resins, is irreplaceable in many areas: in food industry, pharmaceutical industry, production of paints and varnishes, ink, renovation of antique objects.

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