Escape from the centre of Hanoi for a moment if the effervescence of the tourists is tiring you out. Are you on a search for the uniqueness of Vietnam? Spread out through the four corners of the city and its surrounding countryside, the handicraft villages transmit their traditional artisanal knowledge from generation to generation. Here are our recommendations.
In the Phuong Trung township, Chuông is one of the oldest villages in the country making the omnipresent Vietnamese conical hats. On the right bank of the Nhûe river, Dong Cuu does a vibrant business in clothing for traditional festivals with royal and chivalrous embroidery. For nearly two centuries, Ha Thai has worked with lacquer in the Thuong Tin district—disrupting the legacy of daring techniques, artisans now export products known for their quality to Europe. In Bat Trang, pottery is in the spotlight among the residents living near the Red River—perhaps you will be tempted to try to make your own! Finally, in Ha Dong province, the village of Van Phuc works with silk: breeding worms, spinning, weaving and dyeing.