On April 24th, a silk cultural festival took place in Van Phuc silk village, Ha Dong district, Ha Noi to mark the 40th anniversary of southern liberation and national unification (April 30th) and the 125th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh’s birth (May 19th).
A range of activities will take place during the festival between April 24th and May 1st including a display of Orchids at handicraft place of Van Phuc traditional village; an antique preservation cultural exchange at Bach Dang cultural house; an art performance on April 24th at Van Phuc pagoda; sports activities at clubs and residential areas; a professional dog performance on April 25th at Bach Dang cultural house; and a bird contest at Bach Dang cultural house on April 26th.
Van Phuc silk has been known for its smooth, light weight, and elegant appearance. Especially, a traditional kind of silk called Van Silk made in Van Phuc make the wearers feel cool in summer and warm in winter. Today, to satisfy various demand for silk of the market, Van Phuc silk producers have expanded their silk and garment goods like embroidered silk, , wrinkled silk, double layers and more colors for silk products.
Many families in Van Phuc open their own shops on the main road of the village; create a “town of silk” that sell eye-catching and high quality silk products. Tourists may buy available nice souvenir and clothes in the shop, or select the most suitable materials to then get customized products. The sellers are very friendly and can speak a little English and French to communicate to foreign tourists.
Nowadays, although the weaving has been mechanized for higher productivity, there are still simple manual looms in some houses in the village which help tourists contemplate the genuinely traditional Vietnamese way of making silk.