Bao Dap traditional village making star-shaped lanterns

Published:  04:18 Friday - September 09, 2011 Everytime when Mid-Autumn coming up, Bao Dap traditional village in Nam Dinh province is busy again with their trade of making star-shaped lanterns

While many toy making traditional craft villages in Vietnam have no longer produced toys, artisans in Bao Dap village in Nam Dinh province still preserve their trade: making star-shaped lanterns.

The village has produced this kind of toy for many generations.

Mrs. Nguyen Thi Hai’s family is very busy now because the Mid-autumn Festival is coming.
The family makes hundreds of lanterns a day to sell to traders from northern provinces.

Hundreds of households in Bao Dap Village do this trade.

Mr. Hoang Van Binh’s family both produces star-shaped lanterns and dyes glazed
papers to supply to other families in the village.

Kids also make star-shaped lanterns.

Nguyen Minh Tuan, 5, is very good at sticking patterns on lanterns.

Mr. Nguyen Van Thanh said he has to work 16 hours a day. “It’s tiring but exciting because
star-shaped lanterns sell quite well,” he said.

Nguyen Duc Hung, a ninth grader, is making a lantern handle.

All lanterns are hand made. The prices are from VND5,000 to VND10,000/unit.

Mr. Thanh’s children play with lanterns.

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