Vietnam is a country rich in handicraft products, thanks to the hardworking,
dexterous, and creative qualities of the Vietnamese people.
For a very long time, handicraft products have been a source of cultural
pride and a source of income for the people. As the varieties of handicraft
products are too numerous to be fully introduced, only a few typical items
and their sources are mentioned here.
Woven tapestries and tho cam handbags are unique works from the skilled
hands of the ethnic women living in the Northwest regions, such as Cao Bang.
Embroidered articles and silk products are famous from the regions of Ha
Dong, Nam Ha, Thai Binh and Hue.
Wool tapestries from Hanoi and Haiphong, and jute tapestries from Hung Yen,
Haiphong, Hanoi and Thai Binh, are much sought after.
Ceramic and porcelain items have been produced in Vietnam for a long time.
Ceramic and porcelain products glazed by traditional methods into beautiful
art are well known in Bat Trang (Hanoi), Quang Ninh, and Haiphong.
Copperware is fabricated by the skillful hands of coppersmiths in Nam Ha,
Ngu Xa (Hanoi), Dong Son(Thanh Hoa), and Long Tho.
Jewelry products and metalwork are concentrated in Hanoi, Thai Binh and Hai
Hung, while stonework are mainly produced in Danang (Five Element Mountain
Wood products and wood carvings can usually be found in Phu Xuyen (Ha Tay),
Haiphong, and Hue.There are thousands of types of handicraft products. Some
of these handicrafts have been internationally recognized and popularized,
such as lacquerware. While lacquer artists produce a limited number of
paintings and sculptures, lacquer crafts have been part of Vietnamese life
in many forms: vases, boxes, interior decorating items, jewelry, and office
products. With about 2,000 years of history, Vietnamese lacquerware and
other products made by a community of handicraft artists, have established a
firm and growing position in the domestic and international markets.