Handicrafts in Vietnam


Vietnam handicraft trade is incident to a highly valuable long-standing tradition. The tradition is related to the names of handicraft villages and guilds, and is manifested in the perfectly beautiful, sophisticated and unique handiwork products.

Vietnam handiwork products have their own specific features, the name of a product is always associated with the name of the village where it is produced; the well-known products bring fame to the villages producing them.

Many traditional industries and trade villages have an imprint in the Vietnamese history. It’s not a muster of one or many handiworks, also a place where all the talented workers and artists converge to make specific character products which are hardly imitated.

From the Ly Dynasty of the 11th century, the export of the handiwork products has been done. At the moment, the products consisted of ceramics, wooden products, bamboo and rattan products, silk, horn, tusks, etc… In the passed 11 centuries, the traditional handicraft villages and guilds went through the ups and downs, some of them fell into decadence but some initiates appeared and developed.

Nowadays, keeping on the bequeathed handiwork tradition of ancestors, thousands of handicraft villages have been restored and developed in all regions of the nation.

There are currently 52 groups of traditional handiwork in Vietnam, about 1,400 handicraft villages with their long-standing well-known products: Mong’s brocade (Lao Cai), wooden carved sculpture (Bac Ninh), brass casting (Quang Ninh), ceramics (Binh Thuan, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Ha Noi)… which attracted over 30% of the national labors in which more than 1.3 millions of them are in the rural area.

Beside the production and sales of the familiar main and key products such as, wooden household products, ceramic, embroider, lace, brocade, bamboo and rattan products, they also manufacture new products made from new materials like coconut, plastic, iron, composite, polyester, buffalo horn, etc. The handicraft products are not only the normally national cultural utensils for daily life, but they are works of art which represent the culture, the society, the level of the economic development and the humanity character of the nation as well.

Woodblock Painting in Vietnam