The man who makes flowers immortal

14:40 | 19/09/2016 Industry

(VEN) - Colorful lotuses, roses, bamboo flowers, carnations and dry flowers made from cabbages in Nguyen Ba Muu’s small home in Hanoi’s Hoang Mai district proves his passion for drying flowers for years.

The man who makes flowers immortal

People’s Artisan Nguyen Ba Muu makes a dried flower pot

Endless love for botanical species

Artisan Nguyen Ba Muu was born in 1943 in Quang Phu Commune’s Quang Bo Village in Bac Ninh Province’s, Luong Tai District, which is renowned for copper casting. Although Muu was familiar with the copper casting, he studied at the Vietnam National University of Agriculture in Hanoi. He graduated in 1969 and worked for the Flower and Trees Export Division under the Ministry of Foreign Trade (now the Ministry of Industry and Trade).

In 1972, he was assigned to supply Japanese traders with raw materials for making dry flowers by catalogues. He started his interest in drying flowers since then.

Over the past more than two decades from 1972 to 1996, he traveled the country to find out flowers, trees, shrubs and grasses suitable for his idea. After collecting, he began to make dry flowers of his own, cleansing raw materials by chemicals and then drying, coloring and shaping them into dry flower products.

He failed for some times and finally succeeded in 1997 when he introduced some of his dried flower products at several gift shops in Hanoi. Particularly, he ventured to pilot leaf-painting which required higher dyeing and drying techniques.

“My first leaf painting, Pho Co Hanoi, made in the 1990s was highly appreciated, and I decided to continue,” Nguyen Ba Muu said. A series of his leaf paintings became well-known nationwide such as Mong Phu Village, Chum Field and Sunflowers.

Leaf-painting to be expanded

Nguyen Ba Muu who has spent 43 years with creating dried flowers and leaf-painting has so far been regarded as the person who makes flowers immortal. He is respected for training nearly 200 people in this craft including people with disabilities.

According to Muu, flower-drying and leaf-painting craftspeople need to be versatile in flower species, chemistry and painting. All trained techniques would just provide trainees the basis of the craft and they must self-study to reap a success.

He has completed three processes in drying flowers and painting leaves to facilitate his training. The first relates to manually drying flowers made from nut shells, fruit and leaves, the second relates to drying flowers using Silica gel and the last relates to marinating flowers using environmentally-friendly technology.

With his positive contributions, Nguyen Ba Muu has been awarded with titles, prizes and certificates including a Ministry of Industry and Trade-awarded medal and a Ministry of Defense-awarded certificate.

“I’m proud of these titles, prizes and certificates and feel responsible for further contributions. For me, trading is less prioritized than training as I’m willing to develop a new craft for the country,” Muu said. 

 

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