OUR ARTISAN VILLAGES
OUR ARTISAN VILLAGES
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The Red River valley in Vietnam has a long and rich artisanal history, and this was one of the reasons why Emperor Ly Thai To picked Hanoi as the imperial capital of Vietnam in 1010.
Now you can have the products, made with traditional artisan skills which have been passed from generation to generation, over thousands of years, directly delivered to you.
All because of our maker-to-market business model.
400-year-old Phu Vinh village located 25km west of Hanoi, has been famous for its sophisticated bamboo and rattan handwoven skills.
The village is known for producing a large array of handwoven bamboo and rattan products including household furniture, home decorations, souvenirs and gifts.
Handweaving requires great attention in detail, from choosing and drying the straw materials to the weaving itself. The weaving skill has been built and passed from generation to generation here, making the village unique among Vietnamese handicraft traditions.
Ha Thai lacquerware village, located 20km from Hanoi, has more than 200 years of history in making lacquered products.
In the past, the village’s craftsmen were familiar with lacquerware using natural bamboo and rattan materials. Nowadays, they also work on composites and ceramics.
Kim Son Village, located 100km from Hanoi, has been known for its straw weaving skills for centuries.
If you visit Kim Son on a sunny day, you will see buckets of colorful fresh and dried straw materials everywhere: on the sides of the dikes, lawns, and even on the walls.
Bat Trang Ceramics Village is a 14th century porcelain and pottery village located 15km from Hanoi, housing local artisans who combine both traditional and modern techniques to create beautiful porcelain artworks.
The village holds an important place in the history of the ceramics industry in Asia, as it’s close to trading ports Thang Long and Pho Hien.
According to ancient records, Cat Dang lacquerware has a history encompassing more than 600 years.
Currently, Cat Dang has 360 households with 2,400 people, mainly women, handcrafting lacquerwares.
How do we know? We know, because we live here in Vietnam. We've experienced all the ups and downs of our handicraft villages firsthand, so we know the impact these purchases make
We work together to preserve indigenous legacies, all while while spurring innovation and designs that speak to craft- and culture-loving customers
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(World Fair Trade Organization)