Porcelain

The Chinese perfected porcelain in the 10th century, but the Vietnamese soon adopted it. Produced using kaolin, a type of white clay, and then fired at blistering temperatures, porcelain products are generally more delicate, fragile and expensive than their ceramic counterparts. Vietnam now produces high quality porcelain household items from teapots to large bowls. Often cobalt blue and white, but available in a variety of colours, pieces can be used decoratively and functionally. Make sure to include a porcelain shopping outing while you're in Hanoi.
 

Vietnamese porcelain is highly prized and makes fantastic gifts due to its informal design, flowing lines and animal themes. Merging indigenous and Chinese aspects, Vietnamese potters also borrowed from India, Champa and Cambodia to create unique glazed, hand painted, terracotta and ironstone pieces. Vietnamese porcelain such as jars, bowls, vases and plates are widely available for purchase throughout Hanoi. Check out Bat Trang village near Hanoi where you can buy or make your own porcelain masterpiece!

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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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