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The most well-known traditional handicraft villages in Vietnam

By David Tran on Oct 10, 2022

Whether you're looking for some souvenirs from Vietnam to show off back home or if you simply want to explore Vietnamese craftsmanship, head to any one of these traditional handicraft villages in Vietnam. With a long history and highly skilled craftsmen, these villages have become one of the best aspects of Vietnamese culture. Not only do they boast incredible landscapes, but Vietnam also gives you an authentic experience with its tradition-filled handicraft villages where you can look into the country's culture, customs, and traditions through them.

Vietnam handicraft products are not just items used around the house; they're artworks that showcase the heart and soul of each artisan.

The Famous Handicraft Villages in Vietnam

In spite of its many shortcomings, handicrafts do not seem to be going away anytime soon. Handicraft villages can currently be found all over Vietnam, but we'll start in the North first and gradually make our way down south. 

Bat Trang Pottery Village – Hanoi

A small village at the outskirts of Hanoi called Bat Trang has lasted around 700 years because it is situated on natural resources such as clay. Dating back to the 15th-17th centuries, Bat Trang Pottery and Ceramics had already made its way out of country due to trading with Japan, China and Western Countries via Thang Long and Pho Hien, two ancient trade centers in North Vietnam. They're well-known for their high quality products used in daily life such as household items or decorations which can also be used during worshiping ceremonies.

Vietnam handicraft products

Artisans today combine traditional skills from the past with modernized technologies to make higher quality products using those new inventions. This small town near Hanoi is now an interesting tourist spot both for young locals and foreigners who want to see how these artists create each item before being sold off in stores all over North Vietnam so people will know about this handicraft's historical value.

Van Phuc Silk Village- Hanoi

For centuries, Van Phuc has been known for its traditional weaving of high-quality silk products. It is the oldest and most visited silk village in Viet Nam. During the Nguyen Dynasty, Van Phuc silk robes were sent to Hue's imperial court. By 1931, after being exhibited at an international silk show in Paris, Van Phuc silk had gained a good reputation abroad.

Vietnam handicraft products

In recent decades, people from all over the world have come to love Van Phuc silks because they're diverse (both color and design) as well as distinguished by their smoothness, weightlessness and cool feeling on skin; all things that are lost when making cheaper fabrics out of polyester or nylon instead of natural materials like raw cotton. When you visit the village you'll feel the hustle-bustle atmosphere of old Northern Vietnamese villages with large banyan trees across your path - but what really sets this place apart is watching local artisans work at their looms - always making something new!

Do Papermaking - Suoi Co Village, Hoa Binh

Papercrafting is an archaic skill found and developed many centuries ago in northern Vietnam. The process is laborious and take about fifteen days from preparing materials to production. Papercraft can be thin yet durable with life spanning at least several decades, according to ancient documents, papercrafting originated in Nghia Do and Buoi villages before being transferred to Dong Cao villager in Bac Ninh province. In 2006, the Vietnam Association of Craft Villages selected Suoi Co village, Hoa Binh Province due its plentiful materials and clear water - both vital ingredients for producing paper. Zo project also played a part in preserving this traditional artistry as well as playing a key role in further development.

Vietnam handicraft products

 Though Do paper is having difficulty establishing itself in today's market, it has still found its way with a multitude of products such as notebook, paper fan, postcard and paintings. In this way locals can preserve their traditional skills while also providing tourist goods to increase their income by selling items that are both traditional and modern.

Dong Ho Painting Village – Ha Noi

Dong Ho Painting Village – Ha Noi

Dong Ho Painting Village in Bac Ninh province, 35km from east of Hanoi is famous for its traditional paintings, used as home decoration and especially favored for Lunar New Year celebrations because they make the Tet atmosphere warmer. Scenes of rustic daily life, historical figures, and wishes for happiness, fertility, and prosperity are often painted. A special feature of these paintings is the ink which is made from natural ingredients such as the ash of burned bamboo leaves, ground oyster shells, and flower petals; this means that Dong Ho Paintings are really durable. Dong Ho Paintings have become a part of Vietnamese culture and inspired modern Vietnamese artists. The best time to visit this village is during lunar December just before Lunar New year so you can experience the vibrant atmosphere while watching skillful artists paint away!

Conical Hat-making Villages In Hue

Conical Hat-making Villages In Hue

For centuries, conical hats have been symbolic of Vietnamese culture. Particularly the image of elegant Vietnamese women in Ao Dai and Non La. Among different places which make conical hats in Vietnam, Hue is the most famous place home to many weaving villages such as Da Le, Phu Cam, Doc So, Trieu Tay, Tay Ho etc. You can find conical hats with the decoration of their hometowns' landscape: the perpoure river; Truong Tien bridge or even poems inscribed on them- all made from a traditional craft that has existed for hundreds of years. Visiting one of these old village folk when you're enjoying your tour around Hue would be an unforgettable experience because it would allow you to see how these unique artisans go about their trade - often being able to procure some for yourself at a reasonable price!

 NON NUOC Stone Carving Village – Da Nang

Non Nuoc stone carving village located at the foot of Marble Mountains in Da Nang is a famous traditional handicraft village in Vietnam with exquisite sculptures made from stone. It is the art of blowing the human soul into inert rock. Once upon a time, these items were crafted primarily to serve practical purposes—from mortar and pestles for rice grinding to tombstones; but nowadays skillful artists have begun diversifying their work into categories including pieces for worshiping one's gods or home decorating.

NON NUOC Stone Carving Village – Da Nang

Previously, most stones came straight out of Marble Mountain; but today these skilled craftsmen are more aware of how important it is to preserve this historic site while maintaining their ancient tradition. They import materials now from other regions - though they still carve each item with love!

An Giang's Chau Giang Brocade Weaving Village

An Giang's Chau Giang Brocade Weaving Village

Chau Giang is home to thousands of Cham people with their renowned and coveted skill at weaving. Their famous brocade products such as scarves, hats, jackets or sarongs are painstakingly weaved by hand featuring intricate and beautiful patterns made from natural plant-based dyes. It takes hours upon hours of hard work and creativity for these skilled artisans to produce just one single piece - but it'll last you a lifetime. If you're looking for an authentic Vietnamese experience that also offers time away from bustling touristy areas - make sure to pay Chau Giang a visit.

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