Reviving traditional lantern village in HCMC

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The Phu Binh traditional handicraft village of making glass paper lanterns in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 11 has existed since the 1950s.

Ms. Dung’s family can sell around 2,000 lanterns in a short time.

Ms. Dung’s family can sell around 2,000 lanterns in a short time.

Although cheap foreign goods have flooded the markets, can be seen everywhere and make it difficult for the Vietnamese-made products for their eye-catching designs and bright colors; households in the craft village have still kept the unique tradition alive by producing traditional lanterns for the Mid-Autumn Festival.
Besides traditional styles, craftsmen create new models and diversified shapes to attract children. It takes a lot of time to make a Vietnamese traditional lanterns. Artisans cut bamboo and bend them into the desired shapes, then decorate with colorful glass paper. Businesses have received orders from Hoi An, Da Nang and Hanoi.
Hồi sinh làng lồng đèn truyền thống ảnh 2

      The Phu Binh Lantern Village have been busy as the Mid-Autumn Festival nears.

Hồi sinh làng lồng đèn truyền thống ảnh 3               Mr. Thanh, an craftsman in Phu Binh village is making a lantern.

Hồi sinh làng lồng đèn truyền thống ảnh 4                            A corner of the Phu Binh traditional handicraft village 

By HOANG TRIEU – Translated by Kim Khanh

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