A practice dating back to the 18th Century, Vietnamese lacquerware is sought by collectors for its beauty and durability. Lacquer, a natural varnish from a tree in the cashew family, is applied to everything from paintings to dishes. It can take more than 12 stages of production to create one lacquered piece. Lacquerware in Hanoi is available in a range of styles, whether you prefer gloss black, rich Chinese red or butterflies, dragonflies and infinity symbols embedded in the translucent layers. There are many stores around Hanoi that sell lacquerware. Look for details like air bubbles to evaluate production quality.

Serve your next dinner party in style with Vietnamese lacquerware, a luxurious piece of utilitarian art that evokes elegance and traditional flair. Lacquer production is a time and labour intensive process. Some pieces are coated with 10 to 15 layers of resin. Before a second coat can be applied, the previous coat must dry for one week, and then it is sanded. This layering process is repeated until the piece is completed.


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.



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.