Saigon has a centuries-old tradition of silk weaving and embroidery. Vietnamese silks drape beautifully and are blessed with enough body that they are easy to sew. Diverse in colours, weave and quality, various kinds of silk products highlight a distinctive feature of Vietnamese culture. From clothing to shoes to silk paintings, you're bound to find something silk-related in HCMC that you'll love. How about an Ao Dai, ladies?
In Saigon, silk is sold by the meter. You can also purchase silk handbags, lanterns, and paintings. Although industrial production in Vietnam is slowly making dinosaurs of manual looms, silk fabric is still being produced in the manner that it was during French colonial times, on the original equipment. Outside HCMC, silk dyeing is accomplished manually in small lots. Today silk is usually mixed with cotton and rayon for an attractive drape.