Thach Xa bamboo dragonflies

Thach Xa commune in Hanoi’s suburban Thach That district is famous for its unique traditional craft product – the bamboo dragonfly.

Visiting Thach Xa to watch making of bamboo dragonfly

Making bamboo dragonflies in Thach Xa

Thach Xa bamboo dragonflies 

 
Thach Xa bamboo dragonflies

The craft of making bamboo dragonflies started booming 20 years ago in Thach Xa commune

Thach Xa bamboo dragonflies

The 'kingdom' of bamboo dragonflies can be found just 35km west of the capital centre – in a quiet village near ancient Tay Phuong Pagoda, in Thach Xa commune, Thach That district

Thach Xa bamboo dragonflies

The village craft of making bamboo dragonflies started booming 20 years ago

Thach Xa bamboo dragonflies

To ensure the durability and flexibility for its product, Thach Xa villagers have bought material bamboo from Vinh Phuc, Hoa Binh, or Tuyen Quang provinces which are home to forests of thin but solid bamboo

Thach Xa bamboo dragonflies

The creation of bamboo dragonflies involves many different processes including splitting bamboo, body and wing dragonflies, making mine, wing assembly and decoration

Thach Xa bamboo dragonflies

The most difficult stage is to assemble the wings to the body which must be precise to ensure the dragonfly will be perfectly balanced on the sticks or twigs (Photo: VNA)
To make such lifelike bamboo dragonflies that can balance and perch on anything, craftsmen have to go through different processes requiring meticulosity and precision in every detail

Thach Xa bamboo dragonflies

Dragonflies are coated with colourful paints and vivid patterns

Thach Xa bamboo dragonflies

Thach Xa bamboo dragonflies

Dragonflies are coated with colourful paints and vivid patterns

Thach Xa bamboo dragonflies

From bamboo, Thach Xa villagers create eye-catching dragonflies

Thach Xa bamboo dragonflies

Thach Xa bamboo dragonflies

Each dragonfly or other animals that are made illustrates a lively and symbolic picture of the Vietnamese countryside

Thach Xa bamboo dragonflies

Villagers also make bamboo birds, butterflies, peacocks, and tortoises

Thach Xa bamboo dragonflies

Thach Xa bamboo dragonflies

Thach Xa bamboo dragonflies

Dragonflies are coated with colourful paints and vivid patterns

Thach Xa bamboo dragonflies

Thach Xa bamboo dragonflies

Thach Xa bamboo dragonflies

Thach Xa bamboo dragonflies 

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