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Rare sketches of rural life in northern Vietnam 20th century

10:46 | 24/04/2020

Rare set of sketches takes us a simpler time in northern Vietnam in the 1920s. With rural life being sketched out vividly, the illustrations give a closer insight into the peaceful day-to-day life in northern rural Vietnam, encouraging Vietnamese descendants to embrace origins. 

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Before the advent of modern technology and the Internet, Vietnamese people's life was way simpler, filled with craftsmanship, camaraderie and just some good old fashioned loincloths.

The illustrations were archived by BnF digital library Gallica, a French-based digital library aiming at preserving French written heritage, according to Urbanist Hanoi. The 10 sketches below portray the everyday life of past some 100 year ago Tonkinese - residents of what is now northern Vietnam.

The works still retain much of their original brushwork and sketches after almost a century, have made a deep impression on culture lovers, especially those into ancient values.

rare sketches of rural life in northern vietnam 20th century
A family having lunch at a street vendor
rare sketches of rural life in northern vietnam 20th century
Two jewelers are focusing on their work
rare sketches of rural life in northern vietnam 20th century
Two cobblers doing their task
rare sketches of rural life in northern vietnam 20th century
Buffalo plowing on the field is an iconic image of northern Vietnam, whether it's in old days or at present time
rare sketches of rural life in northern vietnam 20th century
A couple scooping water into their farm. Farming is the main livelihood of many households at that time
rare sketches of rural life in northern vietnam 20th century
Carpenters making products from wood
rare sketches of rural life in northern vietnam 20th century
A barbershop in the past
rare sketches of rural life in northern vietnam 20th century
A couple in Vietnamese old costume milling rice for everyday meals
rare sketches of rural life in northern vietnam 20th century
A barber cleaning a client's earwax
rare sketches of rural life in northern vietnam 20th century
Two men enjoying smoking

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