Hanoi Handy Craft full day tour
|Price: 55 USD 80 USD|
|Route: Hanoi - Battrang Village - VanPhuc Village - Duyen Thai Village - Phu Vinh Village|
|Duration: 1 day|
|Highlight: Bat Trang ceramic village, Silk village of Ha Dong, Weaving rattant of Phu Vinh, QUAT DONG embroidery village, DUYEN THAI lacquerware|
- Detailed Program
Hanoi - Battrang - Vanphuc - Duyenthai - PhuVinh Handy Craft - Full Day
Within only one day tour to outskirts of Hanoi, we would have overall view how is great handy craft productions made such as pottery, ceramic in Bat Trang, weaving skill in Ha Dong, making lacqure ware bambo of Duyen Thai and export rattan production in Phu Vinh village
Departure: from and end in Hanoi
Tour duration: one day tour
Group size: private group from 2 pax to above
Highlights: Bat Trang ceramic village, Silk village of Ha Dong, Weaving rattant of Phu Vinh, QUAT DONG embroidery village, DUYEN THAI lacquerware
Start from the hotel at 8.30 am, we drive to Bat Trang to see firsthand the ancient art of ceramic making at a workshop. Many of the families producing these fine works of art have been doing so for at least 400 years. From Bat Trang, we head south to the village of Duyen Thai, which specializes in lacquered bamboo products.
Following lunch, we head to the silk village of Van Phuc where the most famous Vietnamese silk is made. Our final stop is at village of Phu Vinh, which specializes in making rattan and bamboo products. Here we can visit a workshop where everything from flower baskets to plates is created before being exported overseas.
Price per pax (Adult) in US Dollar
3 -5 pax
6 -12 pax
Local speaking English tour guide,
Private A/C transportation
Entrance fee to site during the guide time
Personal expense such as tipping, shopping, beverage, laundry
Pre and post accommodation
Overview about Highlight
Quat Dong embroidery village, Duyen Thai lacquerware (20 km - Hanoi)
Along Highway No. 1A about twenty kilometers south from Hanoi, is the patrimonial land of traditional embroidery: the Quat Dong commune, Thuong Tin district, in Ha Tay province. Scenes formed by the highly-skilled artisans of Quat Dong have won the hearts and minds of people around the world with their traditional needle-work in this most-famous embroidery village.
According to family annals, the ancestor of Quat Dong embroidery, also revered as the patriarch of Vietnamese embroidery, is Le Cong Hanh. Born in 1606, he became a well-known scholar of his time when, as a member of the King’s envoy, he traveled to China where he learned a new embroidery technique. Upon return to Vietnam, he taught this new technique to the poor villagers of Quat Dong with all his heart, and it remains a strong tradition to this day. Ever since then, he has been regarded as the master and patriarch of Vietnamese embroidery. The anniversary of his death is revered throughout Vietnam on June 12th of every year.
For many Quat Dong villagers, embroidery is considered a long-standing tradition. All villagers, regardless of age and gender, do intricate needle-work. Visitors will forever remember the image of a young girl sitting next to her great-grandmother, being taught lessons handed down for generations in exactly the same manner amidst the fragrance of rice fields gently waving in an afternoon breeze. The art of embroidery is taught within the family, and a potential daughter-in-law wooed from a neighboring village will soon learn the same skills taught only in this quiet village. To the onlooker, it may seem to be simple or relaxing work because there is no laboring under a hot sun, or being subject to the torrential downpours of a seasonal shower. However this work requires an extremely skillful and steady hand, an eye for the most intricate details, a demanding concentration, and a thorough commitment to producing only the highest quality.
In order to successfully complete a detailed and intricate scene, the embroiderer has to first capture the image they wish to convey, whether it be sitting quietly to observe the sun setting over a forest lake, or examining an artist’s rendition of a moment in time. Next is to stretch and test the fabric, inspecting the weave for imperfections or discoloration. This is followed by making a detailed sketch on the fabric and selecting the perfect thread colors to convey the desired contrasts and shadows. Once the needle work begins, the most time consuming challenges the artisan must face are to form gently curving edge lines while presenting the most intricate and minute details such as the veins of a leaf, the early morning shades and shadows within the cusp of a flower, or the fire in the eyes of a rising phoenix. In order to do so successfully, the embroiderer must flawlessly combine and mingle the chosen threads with a steady hand for hours on end. They must focus on the harmony of nature to capture a frozen moment of life in the needle they have been so well acquainted with since childhood, utilizing the same skills taught five centuries earlier by Le Cong Hanh to the ancestors of today’s artisans. Today, these skills continue to attract the attention of foreign markets to this quiet village of Vietnam.
Bat Trang Ceramic Village (14 km - Hanoi)
Bát Tràng, a small village in the north of Việt Nam, is about 13 kilometers southeast of Hà Nội center, on the other side of the Red River. The village is famous for ceramic and pottery products of high quality.
If you have known about Việt Nam, you may not be surprised that Bát Tràng’s vases, bowls, dishes, and many other kinds of ceramic products have been exported worldwide.
Bát Tràng Village is said to be established in the 14th or 15th century in several documents.
However, according to the villagers, the village perhaps appeared earlier. There are always two stories concerning the village’s origin. One of these tells that under Lý Dynasty, in 1100, when the nation was in its independence and initial growth period, there were three scholars who came back from their mission trip to China bringing the ceramic craft industry learned there back to Việt Nam and taught the people of Bát Tràng.
In the other story, the village history dates back to the 10th century, when King Lý Công Uẩn relocated the capital in Thăng Long. With the establishment and development of the capital, many businessmen, crafters from many areas come to settle down here to work and trade. In Bát Tràng, there was a lot of white clay, so that many potters……….
Accordingly, Bát Tràng has gradually changed from a normal ceramic and pottery village into a famous ceramic and pottery center until now.
As time went by, the village’s products have become well known for their best quality, style and glaze, both inside and outside of the nation. Many of these are now customized for aristocratic families and religious needs. Their popular foreign markets are Japan, the Netherlands, the UK, Portugal, and Southeast Asia, etc.
To produce a complete product, one must follow three steps. The first step is making the product body. The artists select the suitable clay, treat it and start making a raw product. It must be repaired to get the best appearance. Secondly, they decorate and cover it with glazes. Last but not least, the raw products are baked in three days and three nights. There are several kinds of kilns, yet the temperature must be at 12000 or 13000. After baking, products are brought out, classified and repaired in case there are mistakes. And now we have perfect products.
Bát Tràng products are divided into three kinds based on the purposes of use such as utilitarian wares, cult wares and decorative objects.
Thanks to a long–lasting history and development, the village’s works have been accumulated with a lot of different special designs. One more thing that makes them distinguished is the glaze, which is of high quality and a variety of colors, such as blue, brown, white, moss green, in both breaking and melting glazes.
In fact, there have appeared a number of competitors both domestically and internationally who take advantages of high technology.
Yet most customers prefer the craft products that contain historical and traditional values. Hence, it is no surprise at all that Bát Tràng is still found in busy days and works. More importantly, the village is now so popular that it absorbs a huge annual number of tourists to
Van Phuc silk village (20km - Hanoi)
Silk weaving in Vietnam spreads over the country but one of the most illustrious traditional region for silk weaving located in the north-west of Ha Dong town, Ha Tay province. Van Phuc silk has inspired into poetry, folk-song and it is the pride of Vietnamese.
According to legend, silk weaving in Van Phuc existed since IX centry, taught by progenitor La Thi Nga - a Hung Vuong descendant. Since then, the rhythmic clatter of shuttle driving become very familiar with the Van Phuc villagers as their respiration.
The talent hands of Van Phuc weavers with traditional skills has been creating many sophisticated types such as cloud type, sand type, crepe, brocade and satin,... which are highly appreciated by local and oversea customers. It’s hard to describe all the skillful and masterstroke of the weavers as well as the beauty of Van Phuc brocate and silk, only that the brocade is made by a special type of raw silk which is soft, burnished and durable.
Cloud type is the most we known because it is as thin, soft and beautiful as cloud. Embroidered brocade is thicker than cloud type and has different designs such as butterfly, rose, daisy, crane, cloud, Chinese characters of “Longevity” of different colors which attract all classes, especially upper class. In the past, Van Phuc silk used to be a precious merchandise to export to other countries in region and some European countries such as China, Japan, Korea, through Van Ninh (Quang Ninh) seaport from XI to XIII century, and through Pho Hien (Hung Yen) and in Hoi An from XVIII to XIX century. Especially, Van Phuc silk were exhibited in Marseille exhibition, Paris (France) in 1931-1936 and 1937, the Government of France reward the title: “Village’s notable of the nine grades” for 6 artisans who produced the displayed silk at the exhibition.
In a famous song, there is a passage: “When you wear cloth made of Ha Dong silk, you will make me feel fresh and cool down the burning sunshine in Sai Gon”. Long time ago, silk threat created different silk, chiffon, cloud embellished with the same characteristic of softness, thinness & hanging down; the outer thread created the raw tussore. Nowadays, there is huge improvement on silk production, all kind of threads are utilized, silk are made by spinning 2 threads, 3 threads, 6 threads or even 12 threads to create more than 30 types with different thinness, thickness, softness and glitter,... The most softness silk used to make evening dress are made from normal single thread. The most expensive one is those made by spinning 12-16 threads, usually to make suite which look hard but feel soft. There are a wide range of products made of silk such as tie, skirt, cloth, scarf, clog, handbag, purse,... which is a nice indispensable souvenir for tourist coming to Vietnam
Visiting Van Phuc today, we feel the atmosphere of a handicraft village on the way to develop. We can hear the familiar clatter of shuttle driving melody, we can see villagers spinning under moonlight, we can see multicolor silk stream being dried under the sunshine. Products of Van Phuc has a typical traditional value which is considered as symbol of traditional beauty. The weavers are filling their sentiments and dreams in each burnished silk meter.
Phu Vinh rattan products (40 km - Hanoi)
In Ha Tay province, you could find nice rattan baskets, vases, and plates in many villages such as Truong Yen, Dong Phuong Yen, and Binh Phu, but the most beautiful rattan-slanting products are only available at Phu Nghia, renown as the pinnacle of Vietnam’s rattan weaving art.
The rattan plant, a climbing palm with very long tough stems, itself is very simple and exhibits no particular artistic value. Through the talented hands of Phu Nghia villagers, it becomes an invaluable work of art. All Phu Nghia villagers are skilled weavers who have made countless products from generation to generation such as baskets, bags, plates, bowls, vases, and more. Each product has a different style: Plates include round, octagonal, and half-round shapes; baskets are found in the form of hand-baskets, single baskets, and couple-baskets etc. A simple thing to recognize is rattan weaving here always shining as a part of history and all villagers engrave deeply in their minds reminders from their ancestors: ”As long as you are able to keep the skilled craft, glory is with you”
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