Phu Vinh bamboo items village

Phu Vinh's introduction: Before 1960 - the age of cooperative associations, when Phu Vinh households were active in creating different patterns and making rattan and bamboo products to sell at streets in Hanoi for both the local people and the foreign tourists.

After the establishment of handicraft cooperative associations, all the rattan and bamboo products produced in Phu Vinh were bought by the State. The production was developed dramatically. After 1986, when Phu Vinh handicraft cooperative associations were dissolved, production was limited within the household and cooperative group scale. People had to run their business themselves and received no more subsidy and protection from the government. In order to survive in the market, producers had to find partners and to look for markets for their output.

 Severe market competition forced the producers to produce high quality but low price products. So far the rattan and bamboo handicraft industry has developed not only in the number and quality of products but also in the number of households that participate in the production. Phu Vinh has become the most attractive place in Phu Nghia commune for visitors of handicraft trade village tours. Tourists coming to Phu Vinh were attracted by the history of over three centuries of traditional rattan handicraft and bamboo weaving.
Nowadays, thanks to modern technologies for raw material processing, skills and techniques of the traditional handicraft are more enhanced and improved. Phu Vinh village is administratively divided into four hamlets: Dam Bung, Go Dau, Ha and Thuong. As the traditional handicraft has employed 99% of 605 households in the village, tourists coming to the village show great interests in the introduction on the handicraft industry from local residents who are all the time busy with weaving products. However, there are some problems which need to be considered. In many families, artisans do not teach the non-family members or people from other villages. Outsiders could learn some techniques but only basics skills of the handicraft weaving. Thus the workers in the villages dare not to take high volumes of orders from buyers, especially during the harvest season because of a lack of the skilled workers.

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