Vietnamese Expats in US Support Artisans, Traditional Craft Villages in Hue
|People in A Roang commune, A Luoi district preserve their traditional Zeng weaving.|
Within the program of planning and developing traditional craft villages in Thua Thien Hue to 2020, with a vision for 2025, the Center for Cultural Preservation and Economic Development has cooperated with Lan Vy Thi Nguyen (Vietnamese origin, US national) to launch the project "Support for design and marketing for artisans and traditional craft villages in Thua Thien Hue" in 2022.
The project has total funding of 50,000 USD (VND 1,140,000), provided as a non-refundable aid from Lan Vy Thi Nguyen, and has been approved by the People's Committee of Thua Thien Hue according to regulations.
The project aims to support artisans, traditional craft villages, and individual and family businesses to improve product value, and quality and diversify designs so that artisans and traditional craft villages familiarize themselves with design orders. Thereby, they earn experience to work with future clients to preserve and develop sustainable traditional craftsmanship.
The project plans to support 150 to 200 artisans, craft villages, businesses, and cooperatives in the province. It focuses on Zeng textile cooperatives in A Luoi district, which are the direct beneficiaries of the non-project aid.
|Ta Oi women performing Zeng weaving techniques. (Photo: Bao Phap Luat)|
The "Zeng" textile of the Ta Oi ethnic group in A Luoi district, Thua Thien Hue has long been famous for its diverse patterns and unique products.
The Ta Oi community in Vietnam currently includes 43,800 individuals, mainly residing in A Luoi district (Thua Thien - Hue) and Huong Hoa and Da Krong districts (Quang Tri). The profession of Zeng weaving is called Kahul in the Ta Oi language. According to the Ta Oi people, the tradition has been passed down for generations.
Ta Oi people are proud of their traditional clothes. On traditional occasions such as new year, weddings, festivals, people wear their most beautiful costumes made by Zeng technique.
The conservation and development of Zeng weaving profession preserve the long-standing culture of the Ta Oi ethnic people and help to eliminate poverty, increasing income for people in the Ta Oi group.
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