Vietnam's silk comeback

11:19 | 08/06/2017 Culture & Art

(VEN) - The  Vietnam  World  Silk  and Brocade  Festival  2017  will  take place  from  June  11  to  13  at  the Silk Village in the World Heritage town of  Hoi  An  in  the  central  province  of Quang Nam.

hoi an prepares for intl silk and brocade festival

The festival is expected to attract participants from Japan, China, France, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Myanmar, Chia and Brazil, and representatives from the Asian Silk Association, the World Silk Association, the Mekong Academy, and silk villages in Vietnam. The event is part of the sixth Quang Nam Heritage Festival.

Le Thai Vu, Chairman of the Quang Nam Silk Joint Stock Company, said that over the past five years, the Vietnamese silk industry in Bao Loc District of the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong - the biggest silk production center in Vietnam - is experiencing a revival.

hoi an prepares for intl silk and brocade festival

Previously, silk producers in Bao Loc had to import all the raw materials they needed from Brazil and China. Over the past three years, district residents have been growing mulberry and raising silkworms while importing modern technology and machinery to make fibers as import substitutes. They now have to import only half of the raw materials they need, and they export silk to Japan - a discerning market.

The Vietnam-World Silk and Brocade Festival 2017 will provide domestic artisans and silk producers with the opportunity to learn from expertise of designers and investors around the world, Vu said.

The festival honors the cultural values of the silk industry in Vietnam in general, and Quang Nam Province in particular, while encouraging artisans to preserve the traditional values handed down by their ancestors. The idea is also to gradually develop the Hoi An Silk Village into a destination for cultural research and exchange.

The festival will provide domestic and foreign silk businesses with an opportunity to meet and exchange experiences with the World Silk Association, the Asian Silk Association, Mekong Academy, and silk manufacturers from Japan, China, Thailand, India, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Brazil and European countries.

According to the festival’s organizing board, the leading silk businesses from Bao Loc City are expected to make a special appearance at the festival; the Van Phuc Silk Village from Hanoi’s Ha Dong District will send two of their best young artisans to the festival, and Hanhsilk will represent Thai Binh Province.

Visitors will have the opportunity to see artisans from renowned silk villages throughout Vietnam demonstrate traditional silk production techniques. The festival will attract young fashion designers from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, too.

Silk producers from India, Japan, China, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia will introduce their products at the festival. Indian representatives will attend the festival for the first time to introduce world-renowned Cashmere and Mumbai (Bombay) silk products. The Hoi An Silk Village is expected to make a special appearance at the festival.

Hoa Quynh