Weaving water hyacinth, an aquatic plant available in Vietnam's countryside, has brought an extra source of income for thousands of people in Ninh Quoi commune, Hong Dan district, Bac Lieu province.
Taken by Do Hieu Liem from Bac Lieu province, the following photos were selected from entries submitted to the "Vietnam’s Beauty" contest, which is hosted by Nhan Dan Television.
Utilising natural materials, the locals make eco-friendly handicraft items
Harvesting water hyacinth
After being harvested, the leaves are trimmed to select the long stem variety of water hyacinth
The stem is then dried
Dried stems are now ready for making handicraft items
Weaving water-hyacinth baskets
Completed products are cleaned and dried before reaching out to customers