Vietnam is famous for its handmade quilts and delicately embroidered tablecloths, and Hanoi's Old Quarter is an excellent place to stock up on gifts and housewares. Equally impressive are the embroidered scenes of local animals and village life, which are so intricate they often appear to be paintings until you see them up close. Larger pieces take more than a month to complete. Find a stunning piece in one of Hanoi's many embroidery shops.

Embroidery is the process of delicately sewing tiny threads to create brightly coloured pictures on material. For many of Hanoi's high school girls, embroidery is a popular after-school recreation. Some works take more than forty days to complete. Even more time consuming is 3D hand embroidery, where the picture's raised surfaces create a more convincing scene. Make sure to visit one of Hanoi's many outlets that sell hand-embroidered works.


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.


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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