08:38 | 05/04/2016 Society
(VEN) - The Lao ethnic group living in Nua Ngam Commune’s Na Sang 2 Hamlet in Dien Bien Province’s Dien Bien District has successfully revived local brocade weaving, with assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Dien Bien Industry Promotion Center.
Brocade weaving has been revived in Nua Ngam Commune’s Na Sang 2 Hamlet in Dien Bien Province’s Dien Bien District
According to Head of the Na Sang 2 Brocade Weaving Cooperative Lo Van Thoong, JICA had provided the cooperative with assistance in terms of brocade weaving techniques and tools during the 2004-2010 period.
Members of the growing cooperative have played an important role in reviving the trade at the hamlet via encouraging local brocade weavers to participate or contribute to promoting brocade weaving at a local level.
JICA’s assistance ended in 2010 and the cooperative itself has had to struggle ever since to overcome difficulties. “Some members decided to leave the cooperative over concerns of finding markets. So, I had to spend time convincing them to continue. Fortunately, I have received great assistance from the Dien Bien Industry Promotion Center, which has helped the cooperative continue,” Lo Van Thoong said.
According to Head of the Industry Promotion Division under the Dien Bien Industry Promotion Center Lo Van Thien, the center and the Dien Bien Department of Agriculture and Rural Development have strived to promote the cooperative’s products at local and national trade fairs and expos. These efforts have yielded in a large number of orders from domestic and foreign clients, especially for scarves, skirts and tapestries. The cooperative’s products have been sold in Hanoi, northern provinces and Laos.
The cooperative’s products convey Lao ethnic cultural characteristics. For example, the image of a tiger represents for the strength while the image of a red dragon symbolizes brotherhood. In addition, all these products which have been hand-made from natural materials including cotton fabric or silk colored by local indigo or saffron are appreciated for their durability and environmental-friendliness, Lo Van Thien said.
Thanks to great assistance from JICA and provincial authorities, the Na Sang 2 Brocade Weaving Cooperative has gradually grown from just 20 members at its establishment. To date, the majority of Lao families in Na Sang 2 Hamlet have joined the cooperative and brocade weaving has become a mainstay for locals.