Traditional Vietnamese handicraft has a long history and a diverse range of products, which have become well-known at home and abroad. Vietnamese products of ceramics, lacquer, silk, rattan and bamboo… have made their popular presence in many countries. Today, some handicraft industries are still preserved and developed, offering jobs and incomes to many laborers and contributing to exports, like ceramics, silk weaving, lacquer making, rattan & bamboo weaving, conical hat making, bronzecasting and woodworking etc.
Amongst traditional crafts, the most salient is ceramics which provides a variety of products to meet both civil and industrial demands. Ceramic products are made in many localities across Viet Nam, for example in Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Quang Binh, Dong Nai, Dong Thap provinces and Bat Trang village in Hanoi, and there is also Cham ceramics. Silk weaving came into beings very early throughout Viet Nam, yet today the most well-known silk-weaving villages are Van Phuc (in Ha Dong, Ha Tay) and Phuong Tanh – Truc Ninh (in Nam Dinh). As early as the 15th century, Vietnamese silk made its appearance to the world through merchants. Rattan and bamboo weaving has a thousand-year-long tradition. This craft closely links to the availability of these natural materials in all regions across Viet Nam. Vietnamese craftsmen have skillfully produced a lot of furniture of charming and beautiful designs, like tables, chairs, beds, cabinets, fruit trays and flower baskets etc. Among the localities renowned for such products are Ha Tay and Thanh Hoa provinces.
Ethinic Wooden Sculptures & Musical Instrument Festival
A festival honouring the making of ethnic wood sculptures and musical instruments was held in the Central Highlands province of Kon Tum on March 18. The festival is part of the Central Highlands Folk Culture Festival and Culture Tourism Week which is set to be held in Kon Tum from March 18 to 23 with the aim to introduce an overview of the traditional cultural heritage of the ethnic minorities in the region. During the three-day festival, 57 artisans from the five Central Highlands provinces will create wood sculptures on site.
Meanwhile, 22 other artisans will show their talents in making various kinds of ethnic musical instruments, such as T’rung, Ting ning, Koni, and Dinh Klok. On the same day, an exhibition on traditional item collections in accordance with the cultural daily lives and costumes of the ethnic minorities was organised at the provincial museum.
Sideline activities of the exhibition include a gong-tuning custom, musical performances, and the making of handicraft products. The Central Highlands encompasses the five provinces of Dak Lak, Gia Lai, Kon Tum, Dak Nong and Lam Dong, which are home to more than 5.5 million people with 36 percent of them hailing from 46 minority groups.
Several Central Highlands cultural heritages have been recognised worldwide, including the cultural space of gongs, which was recognised by UNESCO as part of the world cultural heritage in 2005.