Photos: Celebrating A Special Mid-Autumn Festival With Unique Miniature Handicrafts
|Photo courtesy of Veene Studio|
A full moon party with a variety of dishes like moon cake, five-fruit tray with lanterns and other colorful toys are indispensable parts of a Mid-Autumn festival. A souvenir shop in Hanoi’s Dong Da District has created a unique full-moon party with a miniature version of traditional dishes and toys.
|Moon cakes and a tiny tea set are meticulously crafted. Every detail looks like real. Photo courtesy of Veene Studio|
Members of the creative team of Veene Studio are the artists who created the miniature.
One of the members said toys such as the star lanterns, revolving lanterns, tiny unicorn heads are like special gifts from adults to look back at their childhood a remember still celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival with loved, even during a devastating pandemic.
Although the materials to make these miniature toys are quite environmentally-friendly and easy to find such as bamboo sticks, colored paper, clay, it takes quite a lot of time to create the products. For example, to be able to finalize a chicken lantern like this, it takes the artisans six hours to make. Other items may take longer to complete.
“It takes three days to complete a miniature grapefruit in the five-fruit tray,” a member of Veene told VTC News.
|A tiny grapefruit takes several days to complete. Photo courtesy of Veene Studio|
|A close look at a star lantern which has the size of only some centimeters.. Photo courtesy of Veene Studio|
On the social distancing period, artisans bring materials collected at home to the studio to make the miniature.
Each miniature item is then combined in a set and sold online to customers.
|Each set of miniature is put a plastic box. Customers have to book products that are not available and wait for a few days. Photo courtesy of Veene Studio|
A set of Mid-Autumn Festival gifts includes six optional items. The price is not cheap: about VND600,000 per set because the handmade item takes a lot of efforts to make.
Nguyen Huu Thanh, 33 years old, living in Cau Giay District said: "I am very fascinated with tiny items, especially Veene's tea set. I love it so much. I ordered the whole set and am eagerly waiting to own them."
Miniature handicrafts have become a trend in Vietnam in recent years, especially during the pandemic. A lot of people have created their favotire items with mini sizes for fun and collection.
|Nguyen Nhu Quynh, a miniature handicraft artisan, has created a shop of fruits and vegetables at her home. Photo of Quynh's courtesy|
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