The lure of Ha Thai lacquer products

06:00 | 17/01/2021 Culture & Tourism

(VEN) - Located about 20km south of downtown Hanoi, Ha Thai Village in Thuong Tin District’s Duyen Thai Commune has long been famous for its lacquerware production. 

the lure of ha thai lacquer products
the lure of ha thai lacquer products

The village has more than 200 years of experience in making lacquer products.

Since Ha Thai was officially recognized as a traditional Vietnamese craft village in 2001, it has contributed significantly to local socioeconomic development.

Nowadays, in addition to wood, bamboo, and rattan, Ha Thai craftsmen use new materials such as composites and ceramics to make their products.

Lacquer techniques are applied to paintings, horizontal lacquered boards, as well as bowls, plates, flower vases, trays, tables, chairs, beds, and cabinets.

the lure of ha thai lacquer products
the lure of ha thai lacquer products

Every year, Ha Thai produces millions of lacquer items inspired by the Vietnamese landscape and culture, with a variety of colors that makes them stand out from the lacquer products of other regions.

Ha Thai lacquer products have been displayed at many local and foreign handicraft fairs and village products have won prizes at handicraft competitions.

They are exported worldwide, including to the UK, France, Russia, the US, Spain, Australia, Italy, Japan, and the Republic of Korea (RoK).

the lure of ha thai lacquer products

The village is part of Hanoi’s master plan to promote craft villages to domestic and foreign tourists. The Vietnam Association of Craft Villages has selected Ha Thai as one of 100 outstanding craft villages in Vietnam.

Duyen Thai Commune has built industrial areas in the village not only to promote lacquerware production but also to welcome tourists who want to learn about the traditional craft and buy the finest lacquer products.

Pham Tiep