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Traditional craft villages in Phu Tho province

Phu Tho is a land of ancestors of Viet Nam. Generations by generations, Phu Tho people have been restoring and developing traditions and specific characters of Vietnamese people. The people here are not only creative in working, strong-hearted in resistant fighting and kind-hearted in life, but also artistic.

Craft villages of Phu Tho province is a vivid evidence for the observation. Phu Thos’s small industrial and handicrafts production have stably existed and developed years by years. Perhaps, the products of traditional craft villages have not yet brought high economic value but they fill with soul and characters of Phu Tho people.

Do Xuyen Rattan and Bamboo Village
 

 
It is not as busy as other traditional craft villages in Hong River delta region. The endurance and quietness have made Do Xuyen become a traditional craft village with unique products. Nobody know when the village’s bamboo weaving occupation begins but it has been helped Do Xuyen people survive for many flooding seasons and become an important supplementary job for villagers. The village’s products are very simple. The production don’t need much investment but artistic hands. The low-profit production is presented heart of villagers in the market mechanism. The main product of Do Xuyen village is bamboo fiberboard for construction with many designs. Do Xuyen can be named as Bamboo village because its bamboo products are sold everywhere and the job has made the villagers get richer. Besides, another typical product is Mam Chap which have been existing despite the market mechanism. The process of producing Mam Chap is very complicated and requires not only skill but also experiences.
 
Today, the occupation of chap bamboo production has further developed thanks to the investment by Hon Ngoc Vien Dong Ltd., Company. The products of Do Xuyen village of bamboo dishes, bowls, and chopsticks have been sold in foreign markets. Do Xuyen people have not only had chance to restore traditional occupation but also get richer.
  
Palm leaf conical Hat Occupation
 

Phu Tho is land of palm trees so the development of conical hat occupation is inevitable. However, for many last years, the hat production of the province has been in small-scale. Unlike conical hats of Chuong village in Ha Tay province or Hue’s city lata-nia leaf hats, Phu Tho conical hats characterize by simplicity, harmonious lines, durableness and reasonable price.
 
Phu Tho province has many villages engaging to hat production occupation. The villages producing on large scale are Son Nga, Sai Nga, Thanh Nga, Dong Phu and Dong Khe. Son Nga is the longest standing craft village but now the village diminishes its production due to low economic effect.
 
In recent decade, Sai Ngais biggest conical hat production in the region. The village has become a workshop bustling all day with production processes of leaf cutting, ironing, designing and hat sewing.
 
A good hat is a hat with beautiful and even sewing lines and flat surface. A verse of poem, or a picture is placed in between two layers of thin leaves.
 
Simplicity, white and long-wearing is Song Thao conical hat.
Those who travel here and there, visit Song Thao wearing beautiful hats.
 
U am Son Vy (Teapot warm keeper)
 

 
Have you ever stopped in a small shops in roadside to sip a cup of tea in freezing winter? To keep warm for the cup of tea, the seller use a handicraft product of Viet Nam countryside. It is U Am – traditional teapot warm keeper. Someone said that it is the product of nostalgic people. In modern life, there are many electrical appliances but the teapot warm keeper have been used in many Vietnamese families and become a favorite souvenir of foreign tourists.
 
Son Vy, a small village of Lam Thao district, Phu Tho province is native land of the unique product. The occupation of producing teapot warm keepers has been in Son Vy Village for more than 100 years passing many period of rises and falls. With the artistic and skillful hands, the villagers have created the teapot warm keeper with unique design. Each teapot warm keeper is a familiar utensil of each family around the year.
 
Son Vy’ teapot warm keeper was awarded silver medal in the National Handicrafts And Fine Arts Products Fair. If the product would have had more decoration and attractive design, economic value of Son Vy teapot warm keepers will be increased and vitality of the traditional craft village will be long lasted.
 
Doan Ket food processing village
 
Doan Ket Hamlet of Hung Lo commune, Phu Ninh district has been well-known for processing Mien (glass noodle), My (rice noodle), bun (rice vermicelli) and rice paper sheets for hundreds of years. The hamlet’s products haven’t been yet given trade name but they have won customers’ trust with quality.
 
For years, the craft village has been existing humbly and tenaciously. If don’t coming to see with your own eyes, you can not imagine the bustling working of grinding workshops and many generations of Hung Lo people grow up by the occupation. Production of glass noodle and rice noodle don’t require big investment so any household can run the business. Dozens of years ago, the production process did by hands but at present, it is replaced by machine so the productivity have been raising. A household can produce 200-300 kg per day. Therefore, Hung Lo commune supplies dozens of tones of dried food of Mien, rice paper sheet to market everyday.
 
However, there is paradox that the big yield brings modest profit. It is due to the products haven’t been commodity. The products haven’t labeled and trade-named. The quality is assessed by customers only. Moreover, other obstacles of lacking land for workshops and electricity for production have hindered the occupation development.
 
Minh Duc Carpentry Occupation
 

 
Talking to carpentry, people first think about Dong Ky village in Bac Ninh province or La Xuyen Village of Nam Dinh province. The economic value of these craft villages reaches to billions of Dong. But many small-scale carpentry villages have been existed to make life more beautiful.
 
Minh Duc Carpentry Village in Thanh Uyen commune of Tam Nong district is an example. The main products of the village are commonly-used furniture of beds, cupboards, wardrobes... Minh Duc wooden products are not designed sophisticatedly because the customers need the quality only. But saying that does not mean the Minh Duc products don’t have the specific beauty.
 
Minh Duc wooden products have been sold in every corner of the country from rural to urban areas. Naming the trade mark of product by the name of the village is a wish of villagers. With the efforts of local authorities and villagers and support of customers, the dream will come true soon. And it is also a basic for Minh Duc wooden products to approach international market and integrate into the development country’s wooden product industry.  
 
 
(Source: Phu Tho trade & tourism)
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 

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