VIETNAM : crafts and ethnic minorities

Textile travel in northern Vietnam

Right after my trip to Cambodia, I have been to the Northern part of Vietnam,  in the midst of the Asian New Year and I have been researching remarkable textile techniques.

The Ethnography Museum of  Hanoi shows in the best way the costumes and know-how of the fifty-four ethnic groups living in the country from North to South. It has inspired me to go in Sapa area, to follow Red Dao tribe women who are talented embroiderers. I also took the opportunity to visit a local market attended by many other tribes. In Hanoi, the Craft Link NGO actively supports Vietnamese artisans, whether they are from ethnic minorities, people with disabilities or working in small local structures. Through them, I have met Ngoc Bich who works on silk in a unique way in the Thai Binh area.

Dao embroidery to twisted silk, Vietnam shows an invigorating and fascinating variety of textiles and I hope to return soon for other discoveries. Have a look at the textiles stories below and at the landscapes and sensations of Vietnam there.

The Ethnographic Museum of Hanoi
 

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The pleated silk by Ngoc Bich
 

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Ly May and the Red Dao embroiderers
 

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The Ethnographic Museum of Hanoi

 

The pleated silk by Ngoc Bich

 

Ly May and the Red Dao embroiderers

 

Traditional costume farandole in Muong Hum


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