Propaganda Art

Propaganda is commonly a form of political influence, but has also been used for campaigns to promote public health and safety. Vietnam's propaganda art truly came to light during the American War. Take note that most of the propaganda posters sold in Hanoi's Old Quarter are reproductions; the real stuff will drain your bank account and come with no guarantee of authenticity. Still, it's hard not to appreciate the unique artistic style of the Soviet block geometry and pastel colours of the retro socialist campaigns emblazoned with messages that cover everything from public health to American War-era nationalism. Le Lam, arguably Vietnam's most famous propaganda artist, lives in Hanoi.
 

There are many stores in Hanoi that sell propaganda art products such as reproduction posters that rally the population to 'Grow more coffee', 'Breed more pigs for a Vietnam with full stomachs' and 'Save the country, save the youth'. Following closely behind the establishment of the Indochina Communist Party and the Viet Minh, propaganda art began its rise to prominence in Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh, after declaring independence from the French in 1954, promoted the concept of nationalism in literature and art to help Vietnam achieve sovereignty. It wasn't until the American War that Vietnamese propaganda art truly came to light. Trumpeting sentiments from the Central Committee, Vietnamese propaganda art has a very hip, retro feel and can be found on items from old posters to handbags and t-shirts.

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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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