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Ninh Van Fine Arts Stone traditional craftsmanship is recognized as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage

Update: 12-02-2020 09:39:22
Ninh Van Fine Arts Stone traditional craftsmanship is recognized as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage
In December 2019, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism added the Traditional craftsmanship of Ninh Van Stone Handicraft Village (Ninh Van commune, Hoa Lu district, Ninh Binh province) to the list of intangible cultural heritage of the country.
There are 13 villages in Ninh Van commune that specialize in making fine art stone. This craft village has a long history, through time and ups and downs of history, stone carving craft industry in Ninh Van has inherited the sublimated values ​​left by ancestors, to assert the identity of traditional craft villages.
It is famous for the unique products carved by the skillful hands and talented minds of the stone craftsman. By experience and know-how passed down through the generations, they blew their souls into the inanimate green stones, creating sculptures bearing the national culture. Many famous works in the country, with high values ​​of architecture and artistic were made by the stone worker Ninh Van such as: Phat Diem stone church complex, Khai Dinh tomb (Hue), Buddha statue in Huong Tich pagoda (Hanoi), The corridor of Bai Dinh pagoda, etc. Especially, the skilled workers of the village were involved in building Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in the 1970s. This is a pride and also the motivation for the next generation to preserve and promote the traditions of Ninh Van village.
The product is made of stone here, in the cultural perspective, is the reincarnation of nature in the cultural environment of human beings. Through the stone carvings in temples, pagodas and churches, it is easy to see that the nature and traditional culture are closely intertwined.

Nowadays, along with the transformation and renewal of the country, Ninh Van artisans and craftsmen also explore and create many new stone carving techniques, constantly innovating products. At the same time, with the market demand, it still showed the nuance of the national culture but it never loses its inherent value in the modern period.
source: Translated by: Thuy Tien, Photo: Xuan Lam
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