Wood Carving

Most of the larger-than-life sculptures of Buddha are intended for Hanoi's temples and altars, but small ornate carvings make great gifts and souvenirs. Especially impressive are the carvings made from entire tree branches where the curvature of the wood is incorporated into the piece; dynamic fusions of nature and craft. Price and durability depends on the type of wood. Ironwood is the most difficult to work with and the most expensive, primarily used for furniture, but these pieces will last centuries. Check out Trang Liet and Dong Ky, two of many wood carving villages located just a short drive from central Hanoi.
 

Thiet Ung village, a short drive from Hanoi, reputedly has the oldest history of wood carving in northern Vietnam. From children's toys to rosewood boxes and bowls, figurines depicting buffalos, dragons, flowers and Buddhas, a hand carved piece of wood purchased in Hanoi makes a unique gift. Many pieces such as headboards or dresser drawers have intricate deep relief carvings. Some woodcarvings depict legendary serpents and other creatures that symbolise wealth, health and other cherished Vietnamese values.

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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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