Water Puppets Hanoi

While the water puppets you see in Hanoi's souvenir shops may not date back to the 11th century Red River Delta, the art form does. After watching these wooden marionettes glide effortlessly across the water, we can guarantee you'll want a set for your bathtub. The puppets perform classic Vietnamese folk tales and stories, and the performances are accompanied by traditional music. Be sure to check out a water puppet show when in Hanoi. Ticket prices and show times vary.
 

Born of the flooded rice paddies of the Red River Delta around Hanoi, water puppets swap the traditional performance stage for water. There are a number of water puppet shows worth attending in Hanoi, and although they are presented in Vietnamese there is enough action with all the bright colours and movement to keep it interesting should you not understand the dialogue, which mostly centres on legends and folk stories. Puppets are made of lacquered wood and are controlled by an unseen mechanism under the pool of water.

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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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