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The art of embroidery appeared later than the art of textiles. Embroidery is not purely concerned with making textiles beautiful, but rather, it is also intimately related to ritual ceremonies [ more... ]
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According to the book Traditional craft of Hai Hung Province, the practice of carving on wooden boards was started by Luong Nhu Hoc (1420 – 1501). He came from Thanh Lieu Village, Tan Hung Commune, Hai Duong Province. [ more... ]
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I came to Ma Danh village at Tu Tra commune, Don Duong district, Lam Dong Province, Central Highlands to visit Ya Tuat. He claimed that he had just trained three young men to be skilful Srí craftsmen. The traditional Srí crafting of Chu Ru people has now had descendants. [ more... ]
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One of the most famous traditional craft villages in Saigon – it has survived over 100 years – is going to die. Did you know?’ This question by my journalist friend led me in July of this year to An Hoi village, which specialises in casting bronze censers (lư đồng) in Ward 12, Go Vap District, the only surviving bronze-casting village. [ more... ]
I went to An Phu Village, Cau Giay District, Hanoi, to find out about their traditional craft of making mạch nha (barley sugar). [ more... ]
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Noi Le Village, in An Vien Commune, Tien Lu District, Hung Yen Province, northeastern Vietnam, is known for the bamboo boats it used to produce in great numbers, which once were used in most corners of the Red River Delta. [ more... ]
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One day, novelist Nguyen Quang Sang came to Bac Lieu Province in the Mekong Delta and invited me for a meal. I went to see him, taking with me a jar of fermented fish (mắm), made in Vinh Hung, as a rustic present for a guest from the big city. [ more... ]
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Mr Duong Van Mo said nobody knew when fan-making had begun in his village, Chang Son, in Hanoi’s Thach That District, but it had been passed down through three generations in his family to his children. Mr Mo could make fans when he was eight. [ more... ]
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The guilds are fiercely competitive and closely preserve the secrets of their craft, which leads to continuing diversity in the stories that are performed and the ways the puppets and special effects are manipulated [ more... ]
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Following the tunes (“Spring comes to Muong Hum hamlet high up the mountains with heart-rocking distant singing…” ) of talented composer Nguyen Tai ...
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