Minority Handicrafts

Famous for quilts that blend ancient techniques like batik printing with embroidery in garish neon colours, Vietnam's ethnic minority handicrafts have become a big hit in recent years. To ensure the craftspeople are earning a fair wage for their products, buy from one of Hanoi's fair trade shops. The gift shops at the Ethnology Museum and Craftlink on 43 Van Mieu have particularly good selections.
 

Excluding the dominant Kinh, Vietnam is home to 53 ethnic groups living mostly in the northwest mountains of the country. Each group has its own distinctively designed costumes and crafts. In Hanoi, you can find handicrafts and clothes for sale from many of Vietnam's ethnic groups. Goods such as cushion covers, caps, embroidered wall hangings, batik patches and shoulder cloths made from thick, dyed cotton and hemp are readily available.

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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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