Dong Ho Painting Village

Dong ho is the only village where people know to make the “Dzo” painting with completely natural materials so this destination is very famous.

One of the most famous villages around Ha Noi, which is the place have a special product. Dong Ho village is known with another name: Mai village, in the Song Ho commune, Thuan Thanh District, Bac Ninh province. It is 30 km to the East of Hanoi, located along the southern bank of Duong River Dyke. When you come to Dong Ho village, you must try to collect some paintings as a souvenir for your friends. One of distinct Vietnamese folk art is Dong Ho Painting (Tranh Đông Hồ in Vietnamese). It reflects the innermost, wishes, and simple dreams of people.

Dong ho is the only village where people know to make the “Dzo” painting with completely natural materials so this destination is very famous. “Dzo” printing paper is made of the bark of a tree. The general colour of paper is white. People always use natural materials to make the colors of the papers. The most colors are usually orange, pink, yellow; purple … They made the colors from various kind of leaves you can find easily in Viet Nam.

To protect the painting and colors they cover a layer of sticky rice paste on. It will keep the paintings can not be dimmer even time of daylight.

Normally, households start to produce pictures for Tet in December. Dong Ho pictures were sold at most rural markets. Vietnamese believe that if you get the Dong Ho paintings to décor for Tet Holiday they can get the luck for whole next year. Visit the village, you will have a chance to know how the craftsman makes a painting, and if you want to experience you actually can try.

Nowadays, the people don’t make the paintings as much as centuries ago. But, local families still keep printing new copies on orders placed by customers as a special gift for visitors.

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