Minh Long Hanoi

Minh Long was founded in 1970 by Mr. Ly Ngoc Minh, a young man devoted to creating exquisite porcelain. A family owned company, Minh Long has developed a characteristic style passed down through generations. From functional dinner sets to sculptures and spectacular hand-painted vases, the attention to artistry is legendary. Many of the pieces have a distinctive Vietnamese flavour and are sought after by locals and travellers alike. Minh Long also has a shop in Ho Chi Minh City.  

Ly Ngoc Minh went to Hanoi to study the folk culture that abounds at sites such as One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature and The Lake of the Returned Sword. He then travelled to Hue and Ho Chi Minh City to learn the designs of ancient pagodas and royal tombs and to visit places of interest. Ly Ngoc Minh discovered that the key to Vietnamese ceramics is contained within the images of Vietnamese culture. Today, Minh Long products are selected to serve guests at Vietnam's Presidential Palace, the Governmental Guest House and as gifts to distinguished guests of Vietnam at important events. Minh Long porcelain is famous in many countries and its products have won the WTO Prize at exhibitions in Germany and the Netherlands.

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Mekong Quilts

Specialising in high-quality, hand-stitched bed covers, baby quilts, accessories and giftware, Mekong Quilts' products are handmade by rural women from Vietnam and Cambodia. The company's profits enable women to remain in their communities to care for their families. Additional proceeds are distributed through their NGO, Mekong Plus, to raise the quality of life in these remote areas. There are three Mekong Quilts locations in Hanoi. The company also operates in Ho Chi Minh City.

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 Mekong Quilts with just 35 women. The first quilts were sold in friends' homes. Today there are seven shops and over 340 women in full time employment. The quilters receive training, a fair wage and other benefits and work in a safe and comfortable environment.

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Metiseko Hanoi

Metiseko showcases a print collection and a selection of homeware and clothing made from organic cotton and natural silks. Each print is an original and tells a different story of Vietnam. Enter a world of 'eco-chic' style that features a mix of flower prints and colours and materials with a soft hand and gentle drape. Metiseko in Hanoi is open every day for your shopping convenience. Metiseko uses environmentally friendly materials including 100% organic cotton.

When in Hoi An, check out Metiseko's two stores there.

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