Ta Oi ethnic weaving recognised as national intangible cultural heritage

NDO - The central province of Thua Thien – Hue on January 16 received a certificate recognising the “Zeng” weaving in A Luoi district as part of the national intangible cultural heritage, the second of its kind in the locality.


Addressing the event, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Dung underlined the long tradition of “Zeng” (brocade) weaving of the Ta Oi ethnic group.

She also said that the craft has been preserved through many generations.

Costumes made from “Zeng” are indispensible in important community events of the Ta Oi, contributing to creating the unique cultural characteristics of the ethnic group.

The recognition is expected to help with the preservation and development of the traditional craft, which will create more jobs for local residents and contribute to local tourism development, thus raising income for the local ethnic minority community.

Each Zeng product is unique, requiring hard work and creativeness of the woman who makes it. According to Ta Oi tradition, a bride should know how to make beautiful “Zeng” items to present to her husband’s family members.

Besides Zeng weaving, the Ca Hue (Hue traditional singing) of Thua Thien-Hue is also listed in the national intangible cultural heritage.