Ninh Binh Handicraft villages

Van Lam embroidery village

Update: 29-12-2011 08:22:35
Van Lam embroidery village

Van Lam hamlet has been famous all over the country for its lace embroidery. It is said that this is the land of lace embroidery. Legend has it that King Tran Thai Tong abdicated in favor of his son when he was 40 years old in 1258. He became the King's father and went to mountainous area of Vu Lam to live a religious life( now is Ninh Hai commune, Hoa Lu distric). He also set up a base to lead the second war of resistance againts force of Yuan-Mong Dynasty( the Chinese dynasty founded by the Mongolian  ruler Kublai Khan) in 1258. Madam Tran Thi Dung was the Great Tutor Tran Thua's wife, she came to teach Van Lam villagers her skill of lace embroidery. Thus, this craft has been here for 700 yaers.
Currently, in Van Lam hamlet every family has many kinds of embrodery frames, some frames are as big as a mat, some are as small as a hand. The skillful embroidery craftman has made fine-art woks from small threads and big and small colorful cloths. Embroidery patters are exquisite and charming, they are also very lively and smooth as they are painted. Lace-embrodery products are diverse such as: bed-spreads, curtains, pillow-covers, tablet covers, napkin, handkerchief, paintings and photos.

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