Making news

Hanoi maintains craft villages’ traditional value amid COVID-19

With 1,350 craft villages, including 308 traditional ones, Hanoi has seen a need to balance maintaining production and preservation of traditional values, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ha Thai lacquer village in Duyen Thai commune, Thuong Tin district is known as an outstanding traditional craft village in Hanoi. It is now home to over 300 households with more than 1,500 workers. Its lacquer products have been exported to many European markets thanks to their durable prestige and quality made by the skillfulness and creativity of artisans.

Do Trong Doan, a local artisan, said the village is meeting difficulties in production such as weak vocational training, low competitiveness and reliance on imported materials. Other traditional craft villages are also in the same situation when handicraft products are experiencing bad sales amid the pandemic.

In face of such situation, the Hanoi Association of Handicraft Fine Arts and Craft Villages assisted its members in joining programmes on product design consultation, vocational and corporate governance training, and learning about policies related to craft villages.

Hoang Quoc Chinh, Chairman of the Da Sy Craft Village Association in Ha Dong district, said apart from natural landscapes, Da Sy village also boasts a system of historical relic sites. Tourists will not only have a chance to learn about the traditional craft, but also make their own products. Therefore, Ha Dong authorities have created favourable conditions for its production and business activities in order to preserve and bring into play the traditional craft during the 2020-2025 period.

In Hanoi, several traditional crafts have been recognised as national intangible cultural heritages. Each year, local authorities make dossiers to honour artisans for their dedication to building and preserving the traditional crafts./.