An one-day excursion to the craft village of Ha Thai in Hanoi’s suburban district of Thuong Tin will be held by the Friends of Viet Nam Heritage on September 8.
|Ha Thai Village is famous for its lacquer painting and lantern making. Photo courtesy of FVH|
Although Ha Thai Village did not invent lacquer painting, it is the centre of this art in Vietnam. Initiated by Vietnamese painters at the Indochina College of Fine Arts in the 1930s, lacquer painting was introduced to the village, where artisans have worked ever since.
During the excursion, members will have the chance to listen to the stories of craftsmanship and the lives of the artists as they admire their unique lacquer works. Master craftsman Vu Huy Men, regarded as the village’s “treasure”, will lead the group through his village’s history.
In the afternoon, the group will visit a local family that makes traditional lanterns for the coming Mid-Autumn Festival. This family is the only one left in the village making the lanterns, which are loved by both children and adults for their amazing look when lit with candles. A craft workshop on making this kind of toy will also be held at their place.
RSVP to Phuong Anh at 037-9350-685 or email@example.com. Deadline for registration September. Max 14 people. Cost VND380,000/adult, VND180,000 /child under 15.