Dong Ho paintings reveal Vietnamese unique folk culture

In the old days, Dong Ho paintings were used as decorations at every home during the Lunar New Year festival (Tet). The folk paintings have become part of Vietnamese life through generations.

Dong Ho paintings reveal Vietnamese unique folk culture

Recognized as national intangible cultural heritage, Dong Ho painting or Dong Ho folk woodcut painting is a genre of Vietnamese folk painting, stemming from Dong Ho village, Song Ho commune, Thuan Thanh district, Bac Ninh province in the 17th century

Dong Ho paintings reveal Vietnamese unique folk culture


Dong Ho painting is special because it is printed by hand entirely from woodblocks. Each painting has one woodblock for the outline and several others for printing a color. The number of the woodcuts corresponds to the number of colours a painting has. The colours of paint are processed from natural materials Vietnam. The woodblocks are engraved by hand and can be kept for many years

Dong Ho paintings reveal Vietnamese unique folk culture


The colours used for printing Dong Ho paintings are made from natural materials

Dong Ho paintings reveal Vietnamese unique folk culture


To create the painting 'Prosperity' which portrays a boy holding a duck, Dong Ho artisans have to use five woodblocks to print the different colours

Dong Ho paintings reveal Vietnamese unique folk culture


Creating a painting with many details requires a lot of woodblocks

Dong Ho paintings reveal Vietnamese unique folk culture


An artisan finalizes a painting with his hand drawing after it is printed

Dong Ho paintings reveal Vietnamese unique folk culture


Sun drying the paintings in the front yard of a Dong Ho artisan’s home

Dong Ho paintings reveal Vietnamese unique folk culture


'Prosperity' is among popular Dong Ho paintings

Dong Ho paintings reveal Vietnamese unique folk culture

'Corpulent Pig with Suckling Piglets' is among popular Dong Ho paintings

Dong Ho paintings reveal Vietnamese unique folk culture

Dong Ho paintings reveal Vietnamese unique folk culture


The woodcut of the painting 'Boy Sitting on a Buffalo and Playing the Flute'

Dong Ho paintings reveal Vietnamese unique folk culture


Many foreign visitors choose Dong Ho paintings as souvenirs from Vietnam

Dong Ho paintings reveal Vietnamese unique folk culture


Artisan Nguyen Thi Oanh shows students how to make a Dong Ho painting

Dong Ho paintings reveal Vietnamese unique folk culture


Patterns of Dong Ho paintings have inspired many ao dai designers

Dong Ho paintings reveal Vietnamese unique folk culture


Artisan Vu Thi Nguyet Anh from Bao Loc, Lam Dong, has created the Dong Ho painting 'Rat’s Wedding' using butterfly specimens

Dong Ho paintings reveal Vietnamese unique folk culture


Artisans from Dai Bai village in Bac Ninh have created a bronze painting of 'Scene of Catching Coconuts', a famous Dong Ho painting

Dong Ho paintings reveal Vietnamese unique folk culture


Decorative objects are created with Dong Ho painting patterns 

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Dossiers on Dong Ho folk painting to be appraised

Dossiers on Dong Ho folk painting to be appraised

The National Cultural Heritage Council will appraise dossiers on the Vietnamese folk art of Dong Ho painting later this year, then complete them before submitting to the Prime Minister.

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