Local Crafts, Hanoi

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    Craft Link: Support Local Artisans

    by shrimp56 Updated Jan 22, 2004

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    woodblock by T-san

    This is a non-profit shop that sells traditional Vietnamese & ethnic minority crafts. You can be sure of both quality and that you are supporting the artisans themselves, not some middleman. Bill Clinton has even visited! [see their website for proof!]

    What to buy: Hand woven items including silk scarves. Wood and lacquer crafts as well as small woodblock prints. The picture is an example of one of those by T-san. It depicts Chinese-style tombs.

    What to pay: Very reasonable. The scarves I bought were between $4-6 US. This little woodblock print was about $3. US

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    Woodblocks by Dinh Luc: Buying Art in Hanoi II

    by shrimp56 Updated Jan 21, 2004

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    Dinh Luc is the artist here. He is relatively known internationally -- these little woodcuts are obviously a sideline that brings in money -- but they are charming.
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    Please click on the picture to see them full size.

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    By Anh ...: Buying Art in Hanoi I

    by shrimp56 Updated Jan 21, 2004

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    The "art scene" in Hanoi ranges from the upscale galleries near the Sofitel Metropole Hanoi, to the small paintings and prints you can pick up at temples and craft shops.
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    Please click on the picture to see them full size.

    What to buy: I enjoy the imagery of these two paintings [gouache on cardboard] with the inclusion of the water buffalo.

    What to pay: Small pieces like these [about 5x7 inches] run anywhere from $3-10 US.

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    Song: Couture, Maison, Resort

    by pez Updated Jan 9, 2004

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    Clothes and home furnishings designed by Valerie Gregori McKenzie, a French expat living in Vietnam the last 10 years. Valerie weaves Vietnamese, French, and other themes together into truly original creations.

    What to buy: I've purchased bedspreads, sheets, pants, gifts, baby clothes, you name it.

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    Water Puppets

    by 34N118W Written Jul 12, 2003

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    Water puppets

    What to buy: Make sure you take in a water puppet show while you're in Hanoi. The shows are very entertaining. Admission is around $2 dollars. The Water Puppet Theater is located at the north end of Hoan Kiem Lake. Afterwards, take home one of these lovely puppets as a souvenier.

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  • on Pho Nha Tho Street: Pottery, silk garments, laquer ware,

    by tina_vietnam Written Feb 4, 2003

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    There are some nicer but more expensive shops on Pho Nha Tho Street.
    They offer very good quality and more Western oriented kind of Hoem Furnishing and Clothes.

    Also check out the Moca Cafe and visit the beautiful French cathedral. Not far from Haon Kiem Lake.

    What to buy: Laquer ware, Bamboo, Silk, hand bags, shoes, skirts, evening dresses, Chop sticks,......

    What to pay: more than average!

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    Local Crafts: Stainless steel

    by Tattugran Written Jul 5, 2009

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    STainless steel seems to be a big thing in this area. and they have dedicated a street to selling it.

    What to pay: canisters, shelving,

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    Local Crafts: Local clothes

    by albaaust Updated Nov 13, 2006

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    Stall selling the Ao Dai

    Along the streets of the Old Quarter you will see plenty of stalls that sell the Ao Dai.The asking price seems to be about US$20.

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    Minh Tam: High quality at affordable prices

    by gypsysoul73 Written Jun 30, 2006

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    Beautiful lacquerware

    This shop specializes in lacquerware, bamboo and rattan works, stone items, and wooden statues.

    What to buy: Beautiful lacquer trays,wall decor, embroidered bags etc.

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    Local Crafts: Eastern & Western Art

    by mizzzthanggg Written Jan 9, 2005

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    boticelli et al

    Just tossing in another photo of art you can find in Vietnam. Here is Botticelli's "Olympia" juxtaposed with a painting of a traditional Chinese scene... no shortage of variety certainly.

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