Monday, 07 April 2014 22:05

Northern Craft Villages Named Oldest in Vietnam

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Van Phuc silk village in Ha Dong recently earned recognition as the oldest Vietnamese craft village still in operation. The village is 10km outside of Central Hanoi.


The 1,000-year-old village’s wares, premium silk, were selected to represent Vietnamese crafts at a collection of international craft fairs in Marseille and Paris in the early 1900s, and have been presented to Vietnamese kings over the centuries.

 

Of the village’s 785 households, 60 percent of its population remain engaged in silk weaving. The production of 2.5 to 3 million square metres of silk annually brings in an estimated VND27 billion in revenue. The village boasts over 100 silk shops.

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