Shellac is an organic substance obtained from resinous secretion of the insect called Kerria lacca.
This insect lives and breeds in the bark of trees in India, Thailand and southern China.
This secretion accumulates and covers the bark of these trees and is collected manually.
The crude shellac is separated from the bark, ground and then washed. It is then left to dry in the sun.
The material thus obtained is a granulated resin, reddish brown, and the starting material for refining processes using different grades of shellac.
The final product can be processed and presented as solid (mainly flakes) or liquid (in solution of different concentrations).