Bamboo and rattan (tre, may and song) are abundant sources of material used by Vietnames handicraftsmen. The advantages of these products are that they are light, durable, and termite resistant.
Bamboo and rattan products from Viet Nam first appeared on the world market at a Paris fair in 1931. Since then, more than 200 items made from these materials are sold overseas. Among the most popular are baskets, flower pots, lampshades, and bookshelves.
Lacquerware (Do Son Mai)
Lacquerware is really typical to Viet Nam, although it also exists in other Asian countries. It is said that the resin extracted form the lacquer trees in the northen province of Vinh Phuc is the best one. As such, the lacquerware products made in Viet Nam are very beautiful and durable.
As early as the 18th century, people in Nam Ngu District in Thang Long (Ha Noi present) specialised in making lacquerware products. In its early stages of development, lacquerware contained only four colours: black, red, yellow, and brown. However, due to improvements in technologies in later years, additional pigment colours were made, therein creating a wider range of lacquer colours. Currently, Vietnamese made lacquerware products are essential in both the domestic and foreign markets. The renowned products include wall paintings, flower vases, jewellery boxes, trays, chessboards, and foding screens.