Introduction of bamboo and rattan profession in Vietnam

Bamboo and rattan profession in Vietnam was formed and developed thousands of years ago. Experiencing many ups and downs in the development process, now the bamboo and rattan craft is flourishing and has a certain position in the consumer market.

In the past, bamboo and rattan crafting was only available in some traditional craft villages, mainly made products serving daily life of people such as baskets, baskets, pots, pans, tables and chairs … Later, along with the general rise of the society, the bamboo and rattan industry also changed and developed dramatically. Up to now, our country has more than 1,000 bamboo and rattan crafting villages across Vietnam, producing a variety of products with high applicability in many different areas of life, such as bags, baskets. , tableware, trays, shelves, curtains, lampshades, flower baskets … etc.

Not only improving in type, bamboo and rattan products are also diversely designed with many designs, designs, eye-catching colors, durable quality with sophisticated details, so they are a lot. consumers choose to use. Especially when combining traditional products with lacquer technology, bamboo and rattan weaving products are created extremely unique.

Currently, bamboo and rattan is one of handicraft items with great export value in Vietnam, favored by many foreigners, especially Japan, America, Spain and Russia. … Along with the process of international trade integration, the bamboo and rattan industry has also had strong changes and achieved many successes. Currently, bamboo and rattan products of Vietnam are present in more than 130 countries and territories around the world, with an export turnover of more than 200 million USD / year.

Not only contributing to the export value, but the bamboo and rattan industry also creates many jobs, improves the lives of workers, and at the same time preserves and promotes the beauty of traditional culture for a long time. life of the Vietnamese people.

To make a piece of bamboo and rattan requires a lot of thought and effort. The artist always has to pay attention in choosing from raw materials to product models.

First of all, the raw materials must be selected from non-old bamboo trees, or ‘biscuits” rattan must be carefully stripped of thorns. Then, they will be undergone a lot of pre-processing with many steps such as soaking in water to soften, splitting or plucking small to fit the size, drying to achieve a certain plasticity … Next, the materials will It is boiled in boiling water or dried in the smoke of straw to have a natural beautiful color, finally it reaches the hands of the craftsman to knit into products.

The process of creating products from preliminarily processed materials requires the operator to have a high level of aesthetics, skillful techniques, golden hands and patience and meticulousness. Depending on the shape and use of the product, the artist will choose the material, decide the style and match the pattern.

In addition to products that are woven in a sophisticated way, combining floral shapes and colors to create sharp and delicate embossed patterns, there are products that have a very simple look, but when combined with re-create into a shimmering art work full of aesthetics. Many artisans believe that the simpler the bamboo and rattan products, the more creativity is needed from the artisan to make those products become more artistic and special. There are products that take months to complete.

Only from the seemingly very ordinary bamboo and rattan trees, under the skillful hands of skilled craftsmen and great aesthetic creativity, bamboo and rattan products were born, becoming works of art perfectly combine traditional and modern features, creating a certain impression for users.