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Hoi An set to host Vietnam-International Silk & Brocatelle Culture Festival

Released at: 06:29, 27/07/2019

Hoi An set to host Vietnam-International Silk & Brocatelle Culture Festival

The silk festival in Hoi An in 2017. Photo: Dantri.com.vn

August 7-9 festival to attract famous silk and brocade artisans and companies from both home and abroad.

by Le Diem

The Vietnam-International Silk & Brocatelle Culture Festival 2019 will take place from August 7 to 9 at Hoi An Silk Village, 28 Nguyen Tat Thanh Street in Hoi An ancient town, central Quang Nam province.

The festival honors traditional Vietnamese silk weaving and the building of Hoi An Silk Village as a trade and distribution center of the whole country. It also expects to restore silk and brocade weaving in particular and traditional craft villages in Quang Nam in general.

Dozens of artisans, designers, and enterprises of the International Silk Association, from Italy, France, China, Japan, Thailand, India, and Cambodia are expected to attend, as are leading local businesses such as Bao Loc Silk, Hanh Silk, and Toan Thinh. Renowned silk and brocade villages in different localities will also participate, such as those of the Co Tu people in Quang Nam, the Cham in Ninh Thuan, the Khome in An Giang, the Nha Xa in Ha Nam, and the H’mong in Ha Giang.

They will bring their typical products and showcase their technique of weaving and dying on silk. There will also be a fashion show and an exhibition of silk products and equipment for visitors to learn about the trade.

A talk show on “Building a Branch of Quang Nam Silk” and a seminar on the “Application of Science and Technology in the Production of Mulberry, Silk and Silk Culture in Modern Life” will also be held.

In the 17-18th century, Hoi An ancient town was a famous trading port along the legendary “Silk Road”, sending silk products from Vietnam’s southern region to China, Japan, and Europe. Hoi An is now known as a tailoring mecca, with the old town itself having around 400 tailor shops dotted along its alleyways.

Hoi An Silk Village used to be home to many craftspeople who created products solely via silkworm farming and production. Due to local competition and a decline in demand for handcrafted items, however, production houses closed almost a hundred years ago. It opened its doors to public tours several years ago in an effort to reignite interest in and appreciation of handcrafted textiles and sericulture. It exhibits and celebrates the history of the “Silk Road, and is surrounded by mulberry and lotus gardens and other plants and flowers. Its architecture is a beautiful backdrop for learning about traditional silk manufacturing, as local buildings are good examples of historical Quang Nam architecture.

In 2015, Hoi An Silk Village represented Vietnam in the Asia Silk Alliance, as one of seven founding members with a mission of linking Vietnamese silk enterprises with the wider Asian silk community. The village is a silk-weaving center and living museum of the ancient trade in the central region, and was voted the third-best attraction in Hoi An, itself a must-see destination, by travel website TripAdvisor in 2015.

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