10/11/2015 16:55 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

Tam Hiep Cuddly Toys

For years, the commune of Tam Hiep in Phuc Tho District, Hanoi has been famous for the traditional craft of making garments. It has now also developed another trade, making cuddly toys, which are sold in shops on every street in Hanoi and in the North.
In recent years, the people’s living standards have been much improved which leads to the increasing demand for souvenirs, including cuddly toys. Catching up with the trend of the market, the villagers in Tam Hiep started making these products. From only one workshop, Hoa Thai, in 1997, there are now dozens of cuddly toys making workshops in the commune, providing the market with millions of cuddly toys in various sizes and types each year.

Among the workshops, Hoa Thai is the largest with  a total area of 3,000m2. The workshop now provides stable jobs for over 20 labourers, each earning  about three million dong/month. Although established later, Hoa Thuc Workshop with a total area of 2,000m2 has a large-scale production line with 10 employees. It has a showroom for displaying cuddly toys of famous cartoon characters like Doraemon, Pooh bear and Oggy cat which are much sought after in the market.

Materials are classified before production. Photo: Trinh Van Bo/VNP

Cotton is the main material for making cuddly toys. Photo: Trinh Van Bo/VNP

Tam Hiep villagers make cuddy toys of various sizes and colours from cotton and cloth
which are the favourites in the domestic market. Photo: Trinh Van Bo/VNP

Checking the quality of products before selling at the market. Photo: Trinh Van Bo/VNP

After stuffed, toys are sewn. Photo: Trinh Van Bo/VNP

Cuddly toys made in Tam Hiep Village. Photo: Trinh Van Bo/VNP

Hoa Thai Workshop attracts the most labourers in Tam Hiep. Photo: Trinh Van Bo/VNP

Tam Hiep cuddly toys are popular with children as they are made in the shapes of famous cartoon characters.
Photo: Trinh Van Bo/VNP

To promote production in the commune, the Hanoi Youth  Assistance and Development Centre has recently coordinated with the Hanoi Industrial Development Consultancy and Promotion Centre (under the Hanoi Industry and Trade Department) to organise a class to teach young people in the commune to make cuddly toys of high quality, meeting the increasing demand of the market. 
Story: THAO VY - Photos: TRINH VAN BO