(VEN) – Phu Vinh craft village in Chuong My District, Hanoi continues weaving bamboo baskets and trays. Although its occupation has not brought high income for local people, the vitality of Phu Vinh craft village is really appreciated.
In the 2000-2007 period, Phu Vinh craft village was always busy. Bamboo and rattan products were exported to Eastern Europe, the US and Japan. Therefore, almost households in the village were worked. Income per worker in this period reached VND100,000 per day. However, since 2008, due to impacts of an economic downturn, the total export volume of bamboo and rattan products has markedly declined.
According to statistics of Phu Nghia People’s Committee, the commune still had more than 80 percent of households making bamboo and rattan products and about 10 limited companies had still purchased and exported bamboo and rattan products. Although the production has faced difficulties, bamboo and rattan products have still brought regular income for local people, contributing to improving people’s living conditions. Income per skilled and ordinary labor in the village stands at VND100,000 and VND60,000-70,000 per day respectively. Therefore, almost households in the craft village still make bamboo and rattan products.
In addition to a number of old houses in the Phu Vinh craft village, numerous spacious buildings were constructed, contributing to bringing a new face for the village. Business and production activities in the village currently have focused on improving quality and renovating designs. Artisan Club Chairman Nguyen Van Trung said that bamboo and rattan products in the previous period were mainly used to ornament. However, with the creativity of skilled labors in the village, a series of bamboo and rattan products, such as night-lamps, chandeliers, vases, furniture, fruit trays, picture frames and photo frames have received positive appreciation of domestic and foreign customers. In particular, Nguyen Van Trung said that bamboo and rattan pictures had engaged the interests of domestic and foreign customers.
Although techniques in making bamboo and rattan products have changed to catch up market trends, material handling techniques of Phu Vinh craft village in the traditional manner have been preserved and enhanced in order to increase the uniqueness for products. Material handling techniques include technique to use boiled bamboo and rattan to reduce the amount of sugar or glucose and technique to give natural color for bamboo and rattan. With the preservation of traditional values, bamboo and rattan products of Phu Vinh craft village have engaged the interests of domestic agencies and organizations.
Phu Nghia Commune’s representative when talking about the prospects of the craft village said that he still remained optimistic and did not worry about bamboo and rattan products because these products had engaged the interests of domestic and foreign customers. To promote the development of Phu Vinh craft village, he also said that Phu Nghia People’s Committee was positively constructing brand for bamboo and rattan products and attracting visitors to the village. /.
By Thang Dung