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Eco canvas bags

Vun Art, a cooperative employing people with disabilities, has shown its way of protecting the environment by marketing canvas bags which are favored by young people.
Located in Van Phuc silk village, Ha Dong district, Hanoi, Vun Art cooperative is a local social enterprise founded by Le Viet Cuong. The cooperative aims to teach art and create meaningful employment for the disadvantaged and people with disabilities who live in and nearby the village.

“Our cooperative used to produce fabric paintings, but started to make canvas bags recently to meet the increasing demand for environmentally friendly products,” Cuong said. “This is not only a small contribution to protecting the environment but helps increase income for our employees with disabilities.”

Vun Art bags are made from inexpensive eco-materials, including canvas, felt and sackcloth.

Creating flower-shaped patterns requires 

Selecting fabric materials.

VunArt designers prioritize patterns which show Vietnamese culture.

A cutting machine used to make decorative patterns. 

Decorative patterns are made in various sizes. 

Each employee at Vun Art is assigned a specific job suitable to their ability. 

Checking products before 

Vun Art’s bags are made from inexpensive eco-materials, including canvas, felt and sackcloth. The bags have creative designs with beautiful patterns featuring the natural scenery and culture of Vietnam. The patterns include iconic symbols such as One Pillar pagoda, the stone steles at the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, and Dong Ho folk painting patterns.

The cooperative has received many orders from major brands such as mobile network operator Viettel and garment maker Canifa.

Vun Art has more than 10 employees with disabilities such as hearing impairment, Downs syndrome, autism and movement disabilities. Vun Art is not only an enterprise supporting disadvantaged people, but also a space of creativity for visitors to Van Phuc silk village.

Vun Art canvas bags have creative designs with beautiful patterns.

Story: Ngan Ha - Photos: Tran Thanh Giang

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