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Hanoi village weaves bamboo for the world
By Thanh Nien News -
A man weaves rattan pedestals for ceramic jars. The business started with several men making home necessities and has grown to involve roughly 400 families. The village now produces more decorative products (e.g. lampshades, curtains and paintings) some of which are exported to nearly 50 countries.

A man puts the final touches on a 4.1 meter woven vase. The vase was decorated with Hanoi icons including the One-Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature and was offered as the village’s gift for the capitol's 1,000th anniversary in 2010.

 

Coloration treatment for a bamboo vase. The village uses natural colorings like soaking bamboo and rattan strings in boiling water with chopped oak leaves or staining them with mud for three to five days. The techniques can endure for up to 40 years.

Women work by the riverside. The bamboo and rattan strings need to be aired out to loosen before being woven. Too much sunlight or any rain drops can ruin their appearance.

A teapot cozy.

All products are dunked in boiling water for 45 seconds to enhance their longevity and beauty. 

Products are put out to air.

A rattan lantern.

 

A rattan ball.

Phu Vinh village--just 35 kilometers from downtown Hanoi--has produced all kinds of bamboo and rattan products for 400 years. It was officially recognized as a Traditional Craft Village in 2002. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre
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