Addressing foreign delegates, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang noted that the gathering gives them the chance to explore the traditional craft of silk weaving as well as authentic products in Vietnam.

The exchange is expected to help strengthen ties of solidarity and mutual understanding among ASEAN and international friends, she said.

Elisa Fernandez, country representative of UN Women in Vietnam, expressed great appreciation for the initiative to organise the cultural exchange and said that culture can promote human development.

Foreign delegates inquired into the history of the craft as well as the production process through a presentation by a representative of brand De Silk.

They made a fact-finding tour of a local mulberry garden where they watched the silkworm rearing process, sampled the ripe berries and learned about silk incubation and weaving.

Currently, more than 100,000 Vietnamese farmers live off mulberry farming and silkworm raising. Many Made-in-Vietnam silk products have been exported to countries worldwide, including Japan, Russia, India, and Switzerland.

The cultural exchange is organised annually by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to mark International Women’s Day.