Ceramics

While not famous for the high quality of its ceramics, Vietnam is an excellent place to stock up on everyday household items. Most items are painted in the traditional white and blue pattern, but as tourism has increased, shops have begun to stock more variety. Shoppers can pick up a full tea set for as little as VND100,000. The most popular spot to buy ceramics around Hanoi is in Bat Trang village.

Bat Trang village's shops produce both useable goods such as vases, plates, cups, bowls, teapots and sugar containers, and ornamental objects like statues and altars. Ceramics can be a greyish-white and feature painted abstract graphics or traditional village life scenes in blue and black inks. Should you wish to make your own masterpiece, you can attend a workshop to learn how to create mostly anything from clay. If that's all too much work you can choose to just paint a selection of readymade ceramics.

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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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