A day as a paper making artisan

Hoa Binh, Vietnam
1 Day
English, Thai

About the trip
Outdoor & Adventure Local Wisdom Hands-on Workshop
Do paper is used for making the famous Dong Ho folk paintings. Aside from its traditional value, Do paper gained its popularity as its durability, toughness, and delicate patterns unique to each surface. Do paper production is still practiced in some Vietnamese villages and kept to the ancient techniques passed down through generations. However, the industrialization of paper-making posed a great threat to this traditional form of art. In order to preserve this practice, this project took the initiative to use Do in more modern products such as postcards, notebooks, and other decorative products.

In this activity, you will have chance to discover many interesting things behind this long-lasting paper craft. You will learn the beauty lying under rustic yet sophisticated woven fibers of Do paper.
  • Learning through the whole process of making Do paper from the scratch
  • Working with craftsmen from the Muong ethnic minority in the North of Vietnam
  • Making your own paper with creativity and decorating your work with flowers, leaves or plants
  • Obtaining an insight of the livelihood of Muong ethnic minority in the North of Vietnam
Day One
8.00 a.m. Pick up at the Hotel. 8.15 a.m. Departure from picking up point, arriving in paper makingcvillage in Suoi Co. 9.30 a.m. Warm welcome from villagers. -Introduce Zó project and paper-making history. -Explain paper-making process and practice making paper with Artisans. 10.30 a.m. Make your own paper workshop then bring your work home.
12.30 p.m. Lunch break. 2.00 p.m. Resting and walking around the village. 3.00 p.m. Come back to Hanoi.
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  • Pick-up/drop-off transportation
  • Local lunch at the village
  • Artisan’s guidance
  • English translator
  • All entrance fees
  • All activities as listed in the itinerary
  • Tools and materials used during the workshop
  • A walking tour to get introduced to the village
  • Drinking water and snack during trip
  • Self made Do paper as souvenir
  • VAT included
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Reviving the dying art

As Vietnam has developed, many of its traditions have steadily declined and are on the verge of fading from people’s memories. This project aims to revive people’s interest in the traditional materials like Do paper and get them to learn more about Vietnamese folk arts. In addition to traditional value, you will also contribute to the local economy by trading products made by ethnic and rural women in this projects. We pledge that our artisans are paid properly according to their products’s worthiness, thus the livelihood improvement.

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