(VietKings.Values) The Journey To Promote Vietnam Records (P.131) Phu Binh lantern village in Sai Gon


(VietKings.org - Uskings.us) Lantern makers from the Phu Binh Lantern Village in Ward 5, District 11, HCM city are busy with orders making traditional cellophane lanterns to celebrate the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival. Although there are not households making traditional handmade lanterns as many as before, we are still happy and feel a little bit of emotional when coming here. The smell of bamboo, paint, or cellophane is still somewhere in this neighborhood as to hold the foot in the back, making us like back to our childhood.

Mid-Autumn Festival is a special occasion for family reunions, especially for children. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month each year, falling on September 24 this year.Mooncakes and lanterns are one of the most popular items sold during the Mid-Autumn Festival.

The Phu Binh Lantern village in Ho Chi Minh City was formed in the mid-1950s. The local people from Nam Dinh province to Saigon brought their homeland lanterns making job, and it has survived for more than a half of century.





In recent years, handicraft villages have been gradually weakened and are at risk of being abandoned because of the lack of consumption sources. Since the 1990s, battery-powered, plastic products made in China have flooded the Vietnamese market with many beautiful designs and cheap prices, so they should be preferred by consumers.





The traditional handmade lanterns are made from 2 main materials : bamboo and cellophane. The quality of the products depends on the maker’s skill to make a complete lantern, from cutting the bamboo sticks and making the frame to painting and wrapping the cellophane around the frame.





In order to produce complete lanterns sold to the market, they have to go through many steps in which the most important step is making the frame. It often takes a lot of time. Each person is responsible for each step: cutting, splitting, painting, wrapping. The decisive factor in each of the lanterns is the way of forming, the technique of sticking paper and decorating.

According to VietKings (Kyluc.vn)


Deluna Nguyen ( According to VietKings - Kyluc.vn ) - Source of photo : Internet

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