Hanoi village preserves national flag-making craft
Residents of Tu Van village in Thuong Tin district on the outskirts of the capital have continued their tradition of making national flags for over 70 years, therefore serving to create national pride among visitors.
Typically when National Day approaches, local craftspeople will become busier than ever as they work hard to meet orders from across the country. Vuong Thi Nhung’s family is among the largest flag making households in Tu Van village.
An elderly member of the community embroiders a large-sized national flag, with it usually taking around three days to complete such an artwork.
The traditional craft has been passed down through the generations.
It is not only in the buildup to National Day that local people are busy, but also on various other special occasions.
According to the village’s elders, Tu Van has been famous for embroidery and weaving since the 16th century. Indeed, centuries ago many of the villagers opened souvenir shops on Hang Bong and Hang Gai streets in Hanoi in order to sell their products.
Ahead of the General Uprising on August 19, 1945, local craftsmen had been asked to make national flags, with this historic moment marking the establishment of the national flag making craft in Tu Van village.
Local craftspeople must be meticulous in their work, with each step requiring thorough attention.
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