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    Local Crafts: Lacquered Egg Shell Paintings

    by mizzzthanggg Written Jan 9, 2005

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    lacquer paintings of flowers, vietnam

    Another beautiful alternative are lacquer paintings! Again you can get local art or repros of impressionist paintings made into lacquer egg shell paintings. I bought several when I was in Vietnam, including one of Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss"... polished to a high shine, with very attractive colours on a gleaming black background, these would make a nice addition to any home.

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    Local Crafts: Buying ceramic

    by Applelyn Written Apr 26, 2006

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    Ceramics and Stoneware

    In all the shops I went to in Hanoi, this shop owner was the only one that didnt push her products. Even though I didnt buy anything from her as it was only my first day there, she helped me with directions to get to my restaurant. I guess this is good customer service. A look around her products, the price tags looked reasonable but "bargain" is still a must.

    What to buy: In this shop you can find, ceramic ware, stone ware and masks. I like the colourful ceramic tea set with a wooden tray. It is good for display or a gift.

    What to pay: It really depends on the quality. On average about USD5.

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    Dong Xuan market: Dong Xuan market

    by aukahkay Written Mar 6, 2006

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    Dong Xuan market is located in the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Superficially, the external facade of the building looks like a railway station. When you enter the building, you will see rows of stalls selling goods like local handicrafts, kitchenware, clothes, household products, electrical products and other miscellaneous stuff. There are altogether 3 levels of such stalls. Bargaining is the order of the day. Do not be afraid to slash the price by 50% or more.
    After browsing through Dong Xuan market, step outside and you are in the heart of the Old Quarter, a labyrinth of streets and lanes with shops selling a wide variety of clothes, shoes, belts, fake designer wear, Vietnamese crafts, silverware and other things.

    What to buy: Lacquer ware: these take the form of fruit bowls, chopsticks, flower vases and jewellery boxes
    Wood carvings: carvings of Vietnamese women and other objects
    Vietnamese conical hats

    What to pay: The prices are negotiable. For example, a set of 10 pairs of lacquer plated chopsticks will cost around 30000 to 50000 VND.

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    Local Crafts: A Portrait Of Your Own

    by mizzzthanggg Written Jan 9, 2005

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    You can also give the artists a photo of yourself or a loved one and have them paint it for you. They usually take about 3 days or so, tailored to your requirements of course. Wander round and observe them at work before deciding on an artist whose style you really like.

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    Dan Chu Shop: Handicrafts & Silk

    by Wild_Orchid Updated Apr 28, 2006

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    Although the shop is not big, the merchanise is nicely displayed. It has a good range of silk Aodai's, scarves, men's ties & shirts. It also sells wood handicrafts & their products are of reasonably good quality. The staff were pleasant & very helpful.

    The shop offers only a minimal discount but their marked prices are reasonable, compared to the many other touristy shops that I visited. It is very close to the famous Water Puppet Theatre and faces the Hoan Kiem Lake.

    What to buy: I bought this Aodai as my Lunar New Year outfit and I bought for my daughters too. They loved them!

    What to pay: Aodai's like mine are priced between USD25-45 and the quality is good.
    Wooden handicrafts are available from USD8 upwards, men's silk ties from USD15.

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    Hoa Lu handicraft

    by hientonkin Written Aug 13, 2006

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    Like a Vietnamese craft museum, with 1,000 sqm showroom. All the products from famous trade village are here: ceramics, lacquerware, bamboo & wood products, silk, embroidered paintings, bronze and stone statues large & small.
    They also have showroom at Noi Bai airport

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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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    Local Crafts: Trendy and artistic souvenirs

    by victorwkf Written Apr 15, 2007

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    Ly Quoc Su Street, Hanoi, Vietnam

    If you are looking for trendy, modern and artistic souvenirs in Hanoi, you can find them along Ly Quoc Su Street where the famous St Joseph's Cathedral is located, as well as nearby areas such as Nha Chung Street. There are several shops selling rather beautiful arts and crafts, but they are more expensive than those you find in the Old Quarter area (but are nicer and of better quality).

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    Tu Van Tiet Ky, tailor: Indulge your skin some luxury !!

    by kokoryko Updated Jan 19, 2008

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    Yes, luxury for the skin; it is not a special cream, some lotion, massage or warm bath, no, only natural silk! Silk on the skin is really pleasant. How to do this? Mainly dressing gowns, shirts, scarves or even sleeping bags, you may find in many streets of the old city, but the best is to go to the tailor’s, and let it make custom tailored: you choose the colour, the style, and the tailors takes the measures (or bring along a shirt you want to leave as a model); 24 hours later your shirt is ready! I ordered 2 silk shirts for myself and ready made dressing gowns for my daughters. 15US$ a shirt and 25US$ a gown, for natural silk it is good business for the buyer and the seller!
    Many exotic small souvenirs are on sale in the streets of Hanoi; lacquer is quite beautiful and small plates do not take a lot of space in the bag; Chinese lamps, masks, and many small items. . . . . , drums are a bit voluminous. . . . I only brought back silk and lots of pictures. . . .

    What to buy: Silk at this shop: Tu Van Tiet Ky, Hang Mahn street

    What to pay: 15 US $ a silk shirt, but I did not try to bargain a lot.

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    Local Crafts: Shopping at the Old Quarter Area

    by victorwkf Written Apr 1, 2007

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    The famous Old Quarter area north of Hoan Kiem Lake is very good for shopping, especially for ladies. While walking along the maze of chaotic and small streets, you will be many shops selling all kinds of stuff. For ladies, you can buy shirts, dresses, skarfs, handbags, shoes, silk sleeping bags etc. There are also many shops selling local crafts (e.g. beautiful lanterns) and souvenirs (some of which are very good for decorating your house), as well as nice paintings. You need to bargain hard to bring down the prices, which they normally will reduce about 20-30% maximum (this is unlike China where they will reduce the price as much as 70% sometimes!).

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    Craft Link: Truly Craft

    by hientonkin Written Aug 12, 2006

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    Traditional Vietnamese handicrafts.
    Handmade Products by ethnic minorities in Vietnam.
    Is a non profit organization, have based on Sapa - if you visit Ta Phin village, you will see the house of this org.

    What to buy: Colourful Brocades bags, clothes..etc..

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    Local Crafts: Local Craft - Lacquerwares, Carvings, Embroideries

    by Audrey118 Written Sep 2, 2004

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    At the Old Quarters you can shop and shop and shop. Look out for traditional arts and handicrafts. Many of the '36 streets' of Old Quarter once upon a time in the 1300 if not earlier refered to the type of guilds... the tin, paper, coffin etc street.

    Cat Dang and Kinh Bang - famous for lacquerware
    Tu Van and La Xuyen for wood-carving
    Dong Sam forjewellery.
    Huong Canh, Phu Lang, Bat Trang, Mong Cai and Dong Nai pottery and porcelain-ware.

    Lacquered carvings or lacquer ware, embroidery works, buffalo horns items, ceramic pots, lanterns, lamp shades, clothing...just to name a few.

    I am now considering having curtains made there in my next trip to Vietnam....

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    Local Crafts: Buy your artwork here

    by KhanhLy Updated Oct 2, 2005

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    I found that Hanoi had the best and most original artwork. Sure, if you want a copy of Monet or Van Gogh painting, you can get that anywhere in Vietnam - cheap. But if you are looking for something original, out of Saigon, Hue and Hoi An - Hanoi had the best artwork. There is a gallery across from Hoan Kiem lake - in a temple. They had the best work.

    What to buy: silk, rice papers paintings or embroideries paintings

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    Local Crafts: Bamboo Hat

    by Applelyn Written Apr 26, 2006

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    Bamboo Shade

    Along Hang Manh you can find many shops selling crafts and products made of bamboo. Ask for the prices from different shop to check out the prices. Most shopkeepers know how to speak simple English especially the numeric price :) Then when you see something you really like, slashed the price by more than half and bargained. At best with determination, you can get it at 50% of the listed price. If not, you should at least get it at 75%.

    What to buy: Bamboo shades. But try and buy it on the first day as you can wear it around for the fun of it. If you find it too cumbersome to bring back, you can always pass it to another tourist.

    What to pay: I paid 10 000 VND for this. The asking price was USD 2.

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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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