return icon Vietnamnet.vn

Resurgence in Dong Ho folk painting

 VietNamNet Bridge – Dong Ho folk painting artisans in the Song Ho Village of Thuan Thanh District, the northern province of Bac Ninh are increasingly busy during the days immediately preceding the Lunar New Year (Tet),

VietNamNet Bridge – Dong Ho folk painting artisans in the Song Ho Village of Thuan Thanh District, the northern province of Bac Ninh are increasingly busy during the days immediately preceding the Lunar New Year (Tet), as more and more people have become fascinated by this centuries-old art form.



{keywords}

 

“Mice Wedding” - a popular work of Dong Ho folk painting

 

 

Dong Ho folk painting uses woodcut prints depicting the daily activities and religious practices of farmers in the Red River Delta.

Popular works titled “Playing the flute”, “Farmer and Water Buffalo”, “Catching coconuts”, “Jealousy” and “Mice Wedding” reflect the artists’ and local inhabitants’ aspirations for happy, peaceful and prosperous lives. Modern themes, including revolution and national sea and island sovereignty have also caught on in recent years.

Traditionally, craftsmen used raw materials from nature, making sheets of paper from the bark of the “do” (poonah) tree and mixing colours using soil, burnt bamboo leaves, and sea shells.

According to Nguyen Nhu Dieu, Chairman of the Song Ho People’s Commune where Dong Ho painting originated, only three local families had previously maintained the craft, but its popularity revival has incited stronger engagement of more villagers.

In the workshop of Nguyen Dang Che, a 20th generation local artisan, seven craftsmen were rushing to complete their Tet orders.

According to Che, Dong Ho paintings were previously sold on only six market days during Tet, but now, demand for the paintings is high throughout the year and surges during Tet.

Each day his workshop welcomes dozens of visitors and customers, he said.

The most popular painting this year in his shop, “Honour and Wealth”, signifies hopes of prosperity, happiness and longevity.

He revealed that his family possesses thousands of copies of 200 different paintings to meet Tet demands.

Calendars with Dong Ho paintings on them are also in vogue, said Che, adding that since October of last year he has sold thousands of the calendars.

Che has also engaged in a 60 billion VND (2.86 million USD) project to preserve and uphold the cultural heritage value of this art form, recently approved by the provincial People’s Committee. The project will run from 2014 to 2016.

The sounds of Dong Ho painting clatter in Song Ho village throughout the year now, signalling a strong revival of the traditional craft village.

Bac Ninh is compiling a dossier seeking for the UNESCO’s recognition of the genre as part of the intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent protection.

VNA

MORE NEWS

Four more vaccines to be added to Vietnam's national expanded immunization program

Four more vaccines will be added to the Expanded Immunization Program for the 2021-2030 period under the Resolution No. 104 of the Government on the roadmap to increase the number of vaccines in the program signed by Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam.

Seaweed: precious natural gift of Quang Ngai Province

Quang Ngai seaweed proving a sustainable crop to boost local incomes.

Startup festival to be held in Khanh Hoa this week

A startup festival (Techfest) for the south-central and Central Highlands regions will take place in Khanh Hoa province on August 19-20, heard a press conference in Nha Trang city on August 16.

Vietnam consults WB experts about National Master Planning

Vietnam targets becoming a developing country with modern industry and upper middle income by 2030, and a high-income developed nation by 2045, said Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung.

Fuel reserves enough for 6-1/2 days of consumption

The Ministry of Industry and Trade in a recent report said that the national fuel reserves are enough for six days and a half of consumption and equivalent to nine days of imports.

Hanoi urban area faces break-ins

Residents living at the Gamuda Gardens villas in Hanoi are complaining about security problems following a rise in the number of robberies.

Businesses need orders as purchasing power in export markets falls

The increase in input costs plus the decline in demand in many large markets are posing challenges to businesses in the last months of the year.

What is the future of Phu Quoc?

Phu Quoc is known as a resort tourism paradise but in the future, the city island will be not only a destination for tourists but also an economic and financial center in the region and the world.

Time for major realtors to buy land

Cash flow to the real estate market has been tightened. Now is the time for major realtors to buy land.

Son Tung MTP's younger sibling sparked controversy following his debut

Nguyen Viet Hoang, younger brother of Vietnamese pop sensation Son Tung MTP, made his debut as a singer under the moniker 'MONO', sparking widespread criticism for his lackluster vocals and questionable fashion sense.

First district to prohibit single-use plastic next month

Co To island district in the northern province of Quang Ninh will officially ban visitors from bringing plastic bottles and bags to the island from September 1 in a bid to spur sustainable tourism.

VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES AUGUST 16

First district to prohibit single-use plastic next month

India becomes Vietnam’s biggest meat seller in H1

Vietnam imported over 79,700 tons of meat and meat products worth US$250.9 million from India in the first half of 2022, making the latter the former’s largest meat supplier, according to the Import-Export Department.

VIETNAM BUSINESS NEWS AUGUST 16

Remittances to HCMC declines by 13% in H1

Defense Ministry approves of long-planned cargo airline

The Ministry of National Defense has thrown its support behind a plan to issue an air transport license to IPP Air Cargo JSC, whose chairman is billionaire Johnathan Hanh Nguyen, according to a dispatch recently sent to the Government Office.
back_to_top