Hanoi (VNA) - Ha Thai lacquerware is now enjoying a new vitality and has established a firm position among the famous craft villages in Vietnam, with most of its products being exported. The Ha Thai lacquerware craft village is located right next to Highway 1A, in Thuong Tin district of Hanoi. It was formerly named Cu Trang, but renamed as Dong Thai in 1870 and Ha Thai in the early years of the 20th century. History has it that the trade started in Ha Thai in the 17th century. The village is not the cradle of the trade but famous for its contingent of craftsmen. In the first part of the 1930’s, Vietnam’s first painters studying at the Indochina Fine Arts College applied new colour materials like egg and snail shell and bamboo, and especially the polishing technique, to the art, thus creating really valuable artworks. Since 1955, the Ha Thai lacquerware craft village has experienced various ups and downs, but they in general have created a sustainable development. Since … [Read more...] about Formation, development of Ha Thai lacquerware craft village
Chair of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) Vu Tien Loc, when talking about policies to support businesses recently, mentioned the ‘loneliness’ of the majority of businesses, especially small, medium, and micro sized companies, which account for 95 percent of total Vietnamese enterprises. … [Read more...] about What should be done to help Vietnamese businesses grow?
Cao Bang (VNS/VNA) - The image of Tay women sitting beside looms to weave brocade used to be a familiar sight in the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang. The group was well-known for the colourful patterns which were passed down from generation to generation. But now, Luong Noi is the only village in Ha Quang district that preserves its ancient weaving techniques and tools, and the only area that still retains this traditional brocade weaving of the Tay people. The village is part of a cultural heritage site in the Non Nuoc Cao Bang UNESCO Global Geopark. This area allows tourists to learn about the culture, history, faith and traditional practices of local people. Deep passion for the craft We visited the house of Tay artisan Nong Thi Thuoc in Luong Noi village on a morning when bright sunlight was dancing everywhere. Thuoc is the fourth generation of her family to carry forward … [Read more...] about Efforts to keep Tay brocade alive
There are a dozen of costumes for different people such as a young girls, women carrying their children to work in the fields, young men going to join festivals, a date between a young couple under the moon, and elderly men and women sitting around the rượu cần (wine jar) swaying their heads to traditional music on an instrument called the ta lư and their own folk songs during festivals.Handing the job to young people … [Read more...] about Ethnic groups revive art of brocade