Đồng Kỵ furniture village
Đồng Kỵ furniture village is located in Từ Sơn district, Bắc Ninh province, over 20km from Hanoi. There are many furniture shops on both sides of the street, plus the mills to stock the timbers. Some furniture are inlaid with mother-of-pearl. We can find wooden chairs, tables, beds, wardrobes, Buddha statues as well as pearl inlay pictures at the shops. These products are for both local sale and overseas export.
Bat Trang Ceramic Village
On the left bank of Hong river and about 10 km from Hanoi in East (in Gia Lam District, Hanoi), there situated a pottery village, which is the most famous and long-standing pottery village in Vietnam for its name of Bat Trang. Up to present, Ba Trang Pottery Village has still been operating and developing ceaselessly. According to a legend, the village was first called as Bach Tho Phuong before its name was changed into Bat Trang Phuong. People in the village remember in their memory that the place of their origin Bo Bat Village (or called Bach Bat Village), Yen Mo District, Ninh Binh Province.
The Dong Ho picture
The Dong Ho picture style, a Vietnamese traditional painting art in northern Vietnam, has now been restored to life, after nearly half of a century of neglect in the wake of modern and western arts in Vietnam.
According to histories of families that have been working with Dong Ho pictures, the Dong Ho drawing style was born at least 500 years ago. In the past, all people in Dong Ho village lived on Dong Ho pictures, which were often sold along Thang Longs’ (Hanoi) streets. Especially, on occasions like Lunar New Year Festival, various kinds of Dong Ho pictures with bright colours and different themes were sold, featuring daily life and work of Vietnamese ordinary people.
During the second half of the 20th century, Dong Ho pictures were rarely seen in markets. However, some people in the village still kept up their ancestors’ profession and taught their children the techniques and know-how of making Dong Ho pictures with a hope that some day, Dong Ho pictures would be recognised in terms of art and culture by other people and markets, as well.
They did not have to wait for long. In the late 1990s, some Vietnamese people who are inclined towards ancient and traditional arts eyed Dong Ho pictures and came to Dong Ho village to encourage partisans to revive the profession. Later on, Dong Ho pictures were introduced to international tourists, and surprisingly this kind of art interests them very much.
Among a small number of artisans, Nguyen Dang Che is considered the person that has contributed much to the restoration of the Dong Ho drawing style. In 1991, after retiring from his work in Hanoi he returned to his home village Dong Ho, Thuan Thanh district, Bac Ninh province. He spent a lot of time and energy studying his ancestors’ traditional drawing techniques and secrets. He found his family’s 26 patterns to draw Dong Ho pictures that are more than 200 years old. He then learnt how to do the whole process of drawing a picture.
Hanoi tours: Full day Art tour of Hanoi