Fri, 14 Mar 2014. Last updated Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:42
Van Phuc Village is located in Van Phuc Ward, Ha Dong District, about 10 km far from the Hanoi City center. It is a famous silk village for a thousand years. It used to be called Trang Van Bao. In late 19th century, the village’s name was changed into Van Phuc. According to the history of Van Phuc Village, the ancestor of this village is Mrs. A La De Nuong (Nga Hoang De Nhi Vuong Phi). She had taught the local people sericulture. After her death, she was honored as the God of this village. Situating by Nhue River, Van Phuc Silk Village remains somehow its ancientness with old banian tree and fresh well which creates a sense of oldness and mystery. Ha Dong Silk and other handicraft products of craft villages in Hanoi are often mentioned in poems and songs. Every year, Van Phuc Village welcomes millions of both domestic and international tourists who come here to visit and purchase.
At the age of 1000, Van Phuc Silk Village is the longest-lasting craft village in Vietnam. It has been remaining its unique features of producing the most precious silk. Van Phuc Silk Village owns a plenty of the most beautiful and ancient patterns among that of other silk villages in Vietnam. Silk of Van Phuc Village used to be chosen by tailors to make suits and dress for royal class. Van Phuc silk was honored to join international fairs in Marseille in 1931 and in France in 1932. French appreciated Van Phuc silk as the most beautiful silk in Indochina. With great experience on ancient making silk and creativity, artisans and their skillfulness have been producing the greatest silks like Van, Sa, Que, and Lua with colorful and various patterns. The products of Van Phuc silk are displayed and sold in about 50 booths in Pho Lua (Silk Street) in Van Phuc Ward. Nowadays, with the development of the global market, weaving silk in Van Phuc moves to another phase with new challenges and promises.
From 1958, Van Phuc silk has been exported to Eastern European countries and then to many other countries all over the world, bringing great profit to the village in particular, and Vietnam in general. In 2011, Van Phuc Silk Village was awarded “Thang Long Golden Brand”. In November 2013, the village was named in the list of seven Hanoi typical traditional craft villages that need reserving. In Van Phuc, currently there are 785 households doing this business, accounting for 60 percent of the total households here. Annually, this village is able to produce over two million meters of silk in all kinds, comprising about 63 percent in the total revenue of this village (equal to 27 billion dong). At present, there are more than 1 thousand of power-looms, and about 400 seasonal workers working here. Silk shops mushroom more, forming three silk streets with above 100 stores to meet the need of tourists.
In the ceremony of awarding, Mr. Tran Chien Thang, former Deputy Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism, Vice Chairman of Vietnam Records Association, other districts’ authorities, local people, and tourists attended in this event. Van Phuc Ward, the first area of Ha Dong District, was honorably rewarded Vietnam Records on the oldest craft village that remains operation. This event is a message of calling people to contribute in protecting the green-clean-nice environment of the craft village, educating, and raising the awareness of local people, especially the young generation in protecting environment, at the same time, bringing into play the talent and skillfulness of ancestors.