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Exhibition features imperial workshops of Nguyen Dynasty

An exhibition on imperial workshops under the Nguyen Dynasty is underway in the former imperial city of Hue, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue as part of the Hue Traditional Craft Festival 2019.

The event was opened on April 25 by the Hue Monuments Conservation Centre.

Since 1885, due to socio-political impacts, the number of imperial workshops was reduced, just enough to meet the demand of the royal family in some fields with very limited scale. But professional skills and know-how continued to be transferred by the artisans to apprentices, which was one of the factors that helped traditional handicraft continue to develop, contributing to diversifying industries and products in the traditional craft villages in Hue and other localities in the country.

The exhibition not only brings an opportunity for visitors to admire the royal objects, with a large variety of types, styles and sophisticated decorative patterns, but also helps the public and tourists understand better about the organisational structure, operating method and operation of the imperial workshop system under the Nguyen Dynasty.

The Hue Monuments Conservation Centre also cooperated with the National Archives Centre I to open an exhibition named ‘Imperial workshops under Nguyen’s Dynasty as seen from the Chau Ban (Imperial archives) – the Documentary Heritage in the Memory of the World’ at the Dai Noi (Royal Palace), Hue city, on April 25.

On display are nearly 50 Chau Ban describing the activities of units belonging to the imperial workshop system under the Nguyen Dynasty in the process of preparing materials, labour and production organisation for such products as furniture, coins, boats, weapons and construction materials.

Both exhibitions will run until August 25.-VNA/VNP