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Monday, 21/08/2017 | 22:33:23 GMT+7
Visiting riverside Kim Lan pottery village

Lying on the banks of Red River, Kim Lan pottery village in Gia Lam district, Hanoi has a more than 1,000 year-history of making of ceramics.

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The craft reached its peak around the 13th and 14th centuries, making the village a pottery production centre for the capital city of Thang Long (now Hanoi). During that time, most of the country’s ceramic products exported to Japan were made in the village.

 
 

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However, the craft fell into oblivion in the 17th century before being revived in the last three decades

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According to statistics of the commune Peoples’ Committee, only 100 households in the village are doing the craft

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Clay from the village is turned into beautiful and useful products under the hands of skilled artisans

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The wares come in various types, ranging from toothpick holders, candle holders, vases, wine pots, and tree pots

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Additionally, the villagers also produce pottery for the construction sector, such as roof tiles, decorative bricks, and handrails

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Without sophisticated decorative patterns, products made in the village win the hearts of customers thanks to their user-friendly features.

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Packaging before launching products to market

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Villagers have taken steps to lift the prestige of Kim Lan pottery products while preserving and promoting the traditional craft.

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The communal administration has zoned 4.9ha of land for ceramics manufacturing to further develop the craft

(Vietnamnet)