PANO - Vietnam’s handicraft products have recently been introduced at the "ASEAN great unity days - One vision, one identity, and one community", in Hanoi, to show the diversification of Vietnam culture to help international visitors learn more about cultural features of the 54 ethnic group country.

Vietnam’s handicraft products made by skilled artisans have been familiar household items of Vietnamese people, as well as meaningful gifts for international tourists. Making each kind of handicraft products requires patience and creativeness from the craftsmen.

Phung Thi Duyen with a work

Inheriting the weaving tradition from her mother, Phung Thi Duyen, a Pa Then ethnic minority woman, said that each sophisticated product came from the scrupulousness, patience and creativeness of artisans.

“To he” figurine making is also one of Vietnam’s special traditional cultural features. Colourful little traditional toys, such as animals, flowers or characters in folk stories made from glutinous rice powder, attract both children and adults. Lively cute toys introduced at the event were seen as Vietnamese people’s special gifts for friends from ASEAN member countries.  

"To he" attractive to kids

Located 35km from centre Hanoi, Phu Vinh bamboo and rattan village in Phu Nghia commune, Chuong My district, has been a popular place for bamboo and rattan products that please consumers by its durability and beautiful designs. Dating back 400 years, bamboo and rattan trade, with an initial name of Phu Hoa Trang, has been passed down from generation to generation. At present, people of different ages in the village join the trade.

Colorful paper fans of Phu Vinh bamboo and rattan village

With more than 1,000 years tradition, Van Phuc ancient silk village in Ha Dong district is renowned for its traditional weaving and premium quality silk products. It is among villages providing the best silk in Vietnam.

Together with other handicrafts, ancient calligraphy was also introduced at the event, making contributions to diversifying Vietnam’s culture. With black ink and rhamnoneuron papers, scholars make sayings, folk verses, and poems more soulful and beautiful.

Under the theme "Solidarity-Cooperation-Development", the three-day event took place from November 21st to 23rd at the Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in Hanoi to create a chance for ASEAN member countries to introduce their land, people and culture, as well as to build a united and dynamic ASEAN community and a region of peace, prosperity and development.

Translated by Tran Hoai