Having talked about Vietnam’s production of eco-friendly bamboo fabric and how it is enriching the modern fashion industry, we want to explore more deeply how the traditional handcraftsmanship works in this Southeast Asian country!
Most travelers visit of Vietnam inevitably starts with either the capital – Hanoi, or the bustling city of nightlife – Sai Gon (Ho Chi Minh City). Truthfully, it would be much nicer to start your Vietnam exploration trip with a tiny village, then discover your way up towards the big city life. Despite being one of the fastest developing countries in Southeast Asia today, Vietnam was born as a country of rural and agrarian communities. This land is well-known for its incredible mix of natural highlights and cultural diversity. Being the home of 54 indigenous minority tribes, Vietnam is also famous for its amazing traditional handicraft villages. These craft villages treasure a wide range of products that hold cultural values built up and crystallized after generations of craftsmen.
Handicraft villages in Vietnam have different specializations that varies from embroidery, silk making, sedge mats, ceramics, folklore painting, conical hats, and so much more. In total, there are more than 1,500 different traditional villages located across the country. One of the most popular handicraft villages is the embroidery and lace village that attracts customers and buyers from all around the world.
Embroidery from Van Lam
Van Lam village in Ninh Binh province is long famous throughout Vietnam for supplying clothing to the royal court and decorations for different temples and pagodas. Using thin colorful threads, skillful local craftsmen make their embroidery products sophisticated into masterpieces of art. Due to their high quality, sustainability, diversity of designs, Van Lam’s embroidered products sell in competitive markets like the US, Germany, Japan, and France. Products such as bedspreads, pillow covers, curtains, wall hangers, and kimonos are some of the most popular embroidered designs loved by customers around the globe.
In Van Lam, each house is a workshop run by family members. Every family has a variety of different types and sizes of embroidery frames. Some are big as a double bed mat, others are small as a hand. The skillful people keep embroidering a wide range of patterns and designs into diverse products. Some households are even creating embroidery paintings and photographs.
Despite the popularity Van Lam has gained as a skillful embroidery traditional village, keeping the craft alive has been a challenge. Factories around Vietnam create more mass produced items, which has kept the market away from the local craftsmanship. Recognizing the need to preserve and develop the craft, village authorities have taken steps to protect the village by providing training courses and promotion campaigns for traditional embroidery and lace products.
Van Lam is only one out of thousands of other craft villages that produce high cultural value and quality to the global market. They are well situated to take their traditional crafts to all corners of the world. Help preserve the traditional artisanship from Vietnam craft villages and beautify yourselves with sophisticated, sustainable embroidery designs.