01/05/2016 17:07 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Knitting with Wool in La Phu

La Phu Commune in Hoai Duc District, Hanoi is well-known for the traditional craft of knitting with wool which has a long history. The craft is now strongly developing with different categories of products which are much sought after in the domestic market and exported to many countries.
According to Ta Van Thang, Chairman of La Phu People’s Committee, although many crafts have been done in the district, knitting is a strength for the local economic development. At present, there are about 90% households and 20 enterprises engaging in knitting in the commune.

With the recommendation of Chairman Ta Van Thang, we visited the knitting workshop of Minh Phuong Co., Ltd, one of a large number of enterprises in La Phu Commune which was established in 1996. So far the company’s Tabb branded wool products have been the favourite  in the domestic market and  exported to Japan and countries in Eastern Europe.

Designing patterns for wool products. 

Rolls of wool yarn used to making knitted products in La Phu.

Checking the wool yarn before knitting to ensure the quality of the product. 

The stage of rolling wool yarn. 

Grafting pieces of knitted wool. 

Grafting pieces into a large one. 

Checking the quality of pieces of knitted wool. 

Sewing buttons by hand. 

Wool shirts are ironed and packed before going to market. 

Minh Phuong Co., Ltd provides the market with about 1600 wool shirts/ day. 

Vice Director of Minh Phuong Co., Ltd Ta Minh Trung acknowledged that the company’s top priority is the quality of the product so all stages are strictly implemented. The company has invested in designing new samples and diversified products such as clothes, hats, scarves and socks to provide more choices for customers. With 30  automatic knitting machines of German and Japanese technology together with 200 employees, the company makes about 1,200-1,500 products/day and  reaches a total revenue of 50 billion dong/year. The company has received orders from famous fashion brands such as Ivy and Owen.

Apart from Minh Phuong Co., Ltd, other large enterprises such as Dong Do and VinhThinh invested in importing self-contained production lines and other auxiliaries .The statistics of La Phu People’s Committee show that the whole commune annually produces hundreds of millions of wool products with a total value of 300-400 billion dong.
The commune now plans an area for the craft to provide favorable conditions for knitting units to develop and attract more capital towards building the trademark for the village’s knitted products in the market.

Story: Ngan Ha - Photos: Tat Son