According to statistics from the Vietnam Traditional Craft Village Association, there are more than 5,400 traditional craft villages across the country, including about 1,500 in the North which are most concentrated in the Red River Delta such as Hanoi, Bac Ninh, Nam Dinh and Thai Binh.

The outstanding value of traditional craft villages is a cultural resource rich in humanity, which is fundamental to developing the tourism industry, attracting a large number of tourists, and enriching tourism activities. It can be seen that traditional craft village tourism is an effective model to help visitors learn about cultural values, customs, and long-standing festivals.

The role of traditional craft villages is recognized and evaluated from many socio-economic perspectives with great and unique values. The current era of high technology cannot replace the creativity of artisans. Traditional crafts and their quintessence last forever.

Silk weaving from lotus bodies in Phung Xa Commune, My Duc District, is a unique craft of Hanoi.

Silk painstaking taken from lotus bodies

Local residents are very proud when artisan Phan Thi Thuan has researched and weaved silk from lotus. No industries can replace the creativity and talent of Vietnamese crafts persons.

 Lotus silk weaving in Phung Xa

Each craft village is a cultural, socio-economic and traditional technical environment, preserving the quintessence of art and production techniques drawn from talented artisans.

Dai Bai bronze casting Village in Gia Binh District, Bac Ninh Province is one of the typical traditional craft villages. After centuries of ups and downs, Dai Bai today is known as a thriving traditional craft village, bringing positive socio-economic changes to the villagers.

Exquisite carving techniques of Dai Bai Village’s crafts persons.

Craft villages create jobs for thousands of people.

Traditional products are not only consumed domestically but also exported to foreign countries. In the picture is weaving curtains for export in Hoi Quan Village, Tu Son District, Bac Ninh Province.

Young generation in Quat Dong Village, Thuong Tin District, Hanoi preserves traditional embroidery craft.

 Production of traditional folk toys in Hao Village, Lieu Xa Commune, Hung Yen Province.

Colourful folk crafts are made from the hands of talented artisans.

Hanoi cultural space with colourful products from craft villages.

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