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Traditional craft villages of Cham people

Traditional craft villages of Cham people

Ninh Thuan is a land with many cultural values, especially a culture of Cham people to make a cultural variety in Vietnam in general and local culture in particular.
Cham people in Ninh Thuan are famous for many traditional handicraft villages. Three traditional villages of Cham people including My Nghiep and Chung My weaving handicraft villages as well as Bau Truc pottery.
Bau Truc pottery items are made from clay from the Quao River mixed with sand. Clay is collected from the river only once a year, each lasting for half a month. Clay is taken more or less depending on the ability of each person. In the clay collecting season, local people try to take as much clay as they can to store, for use in an entire year. South Vietnam tours
Currently, people in Bau Truc pottery village still make pottery items in the traditional way. They do not use turntables but the craftsmen have to turn around the products. Jars and plates are gradually formed after each rotation and when the craftsmen stop rotating, it’s time the product is completed.

Traditional craft villages of Cham people

Traditional craft villages of Cham people

The most popular products of the village are relieves featuring Cham women, Cham kings, dancers and everyday items.
Bau Truc’s craftsmen use wet cloths to make the product surface smooth. These items are decorated with seashells, snails or hand-made paintings featuring the daily life of Bau Truc’s people.
The potters shape their products by skillful hands and feet around a pole round pillar, rather than on the turntables. From this step, silky clay block initially, gradually forming a smooth rounded hollow blocks, then the formation of flower vases, water. At first glance it is quite easy, so few curious visitors expressed an interest to try, but only few rounds have felt dizzy, dizzy. At that time, a sense of the phrase “made by hand, turn in your ass” is not speaking metaphorically. Mekong river tours
The traditional craft of weaving brocade has existed for hundreds of years in My Nghiep Village, Phuoc Dan Town, Ninh Phuoc District, Ninh Thuan Province. Each brocade made by My Nghiep villagers is different from others in terms of patterns, motifs and designs even though they are made by one weaver.
It is the unique feature of My Nghiep brocade products. On the background colours of red and black, the typical colours of Cham brocade, are diverse patterns, such as basic geometric shapes, clouds, dragons and animals. The patterns on the Cham women’s costumes also reflect their position and class in society.
The brocade weaving craft has been preserved and developed by the Cham people in not only My Nghiep Village, but also in Huu Duc, Chung My and Van Lam in Ninh Thuan and other villages in Binh Thuan Province. In other villages only women engage in the craft whereas both men and women in My Nghiep practice the craft.
Thanks to their high quality, the products of My Nghiep Village have won many great prizes both at home and abroad and artisans are invited to participate in many trade fairs and exhibitions in China, Thailand, France and Malaysia. The village is also recognized by the Vietnam Handicraft Villages’ Association.
Among the steps of weaving brocade, the most difficult one is blending the colours for patterns that require the artisans’ aesthetic sense and experience. For the step of weaving, the weavers must manipulate the threads in a harmonious way so the brocade will be flat with striking colourful patterns.

Each brocade made by My Nghiep villagers is different from others in terms of patterns, motifs and designs even though they are made by one weaver. It is the unique feature of My Nghiep brocade products. On the background colours of red and black, the typical colours of Cham brocade, are diverse patterns, such as basic geometric shapes, clouds, dragons and animals. The patterns on the Cham women’s costumes also reflect their position and class in society.

The brocade weaving craft has been preserved and developed by the Cham people in not only My Nghiep Village, but also in Huu Duc, Chung My and Van Lam in Ninh Thuan and other villages in Binh Thuan Province. In other villages only women engage in the craft whereas both men and women in My Nghiep practice the craft.

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