An endless source of inspiration from nature – share the story of the Vietnamese…
Vietnam is a country rich in handicraft products, thanks to the hard-working, dexterous, and creative qualities of the Vietnamese people. Hundreds of types of handicraft products are found in Vietnam today. Some of these handicrafts have been internationally recognized and popularized, such as ceramic is now well known in both the domestic and international markets. Porcelain items have been produced in Vietnam for a long time.
Ceramic and porcelain products glazed by traditional methods into beautiful art. Bamboo and rattan are abundant sources of material used by Vietnamese handicraftsmen. The advantages of these products are that they are light, durable, and termite resistant. Bamboo and rattan products from Vietnam first appeared on the world market at a Paris fair in 1931. Since then, more than 200 item categories made from these materials are sold overseas. Among the most popular are baskets, flower pots, lampshades, and bookshelves.
The continued tradition
Nowadays modern ceramics are based on traditional techniques of ceramics or bamboo making which have operated for hundreds of years. What on the past was a glorious craft requiring great skill is today another developing branch of industry. Beside the ancient centers, which are still operating and continue using traditional methods, many new and old communities have begun using imported techniques, such as casting, the use of chemical glazes, and firing in gas or electric kilns for ceramics. The shapes and decorations of many products now follow international aesthetic tastes. Traditional ceramics, however, retain their own value, an ancient tree amidst an industrial forest.
Many villages are famous for producing a particular craft such as Bau Truc village, mother-of-pearl inlaid furniture, broom or conical hats. For a very long time, handicraft products have been a source of cultural pride and a source of income for the people. As the varieties of handicraft products are too numerous to be fully introduced, only a few typical items and their sources are mentioned here. In recent years some of these crafts have industrialized and have grown large enough to produce products for the export market.