Buffalo Horn

Often combined with lacquer to make hair ornaments, cutlery and jewellery, buffalo horn can be found all over Hanoi's souvenir and houseware shops. Items range from blinding white to tar black, depending on the horn used, but these differences in colour make each item unique. Animal lovers rejoice: to collect buffalo horn does not require the creatures to be harmed or slaughtered. Remember that buffalo horn must be hand washed and foods like mustard or vinegar can stain cutlery of lighter colours. When in Hanoi pick up a piece of buffalo horn and inherit the strength of the mighty water buffalo.
 

If you visit a craft or jewellery shop in Hanoi, you'll likely find buffalo horn, but you may not recognise it. A keratin substance similar in structure to human fingernails, buffalo horn is used to make everything from jewellery to eating utensils. Early Vietnamese cultures used buffalo horn for decorative effect and its colours can range from midnight black to white-streaked cream. Buffalo horn is subject to humidity and temperature changes so it is recommend that you remove jewellery before showering or taking a dip in your Hanoi hotel's swimming pool.

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Mekong Quilts Hanoi

Mekong Quilts is  a social enterprise specializing in high quality, hand crafted quilts  and accessories. The Indo-Chine inspired quilt range uses patchwork, piecing and intricate stitch detail to create a contemporary aesthetic. We use only the highest quality silks and cottons, along with beautiful vintage ethnic embroideries in our products.

Mekong Plus Hanoi

Our accessories range combines the use of sustainable and local raw materials such as bamboo, water hyacinth and papier-mache with traditional hand craftsmanship to create innovative designs such as Bamboo bikes and gift items.

Bamboo bikes Mekong Plus Hanoi

Mekong Quilts was established in 2001 as an income generation project under the umbrella of parent NGO, Mekong Plus. Quilting is labour intensive and requires minimum investment; a perfect employment activity. HCMC-based dentist Thanh Truong recognised these qualities and through her passion for quilts, began the programme with just 35 women, selling the quilts ‘Tupperware style’.

Mekong Plus Hanoi

Today Mekong Quilts engages over 340 women in full time employment in communities northeast of Ho Chi Minh City, Long My in the Mekong Delta and Rumdoul, Cambodia. All profits from products sold are returned to the villages both directly in the form of salaries, and indirectly in funding for community development projects.

 

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Hanoia House

Hanoia's haute lacquerware is known for its distinguished craftsmanship and sophisticated east meets west concept. While preserving the Vietnamese lacquer tradition, Hanoia invites you to discover ancient inspirations wrapped in contemporary colours, shapes, patterns and techniques. From high-end souvenirs, to luxury decorative objects and trendy jewellery, each Hanoia product is a genuine work of art. By utilising unique lacquer techniques, they have constructed a truly exclusive collection adored and cherished by people across the globe.

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