Located on the financial institution of Nhue River, about 10km southwest of Hanoi Old Quarter, Van Phuc silk village is famend for its conventional weaving and premium high quality silk products.
On the age of greater than 1,200 years, Van Phuc is proud to be probably the most historical silk village which supplies the very best silk in Vietnam. Visitors to Van Phuc village will probably be impressed by typical method of an historical village within the north of Vietnam with banyan tree, effectively, communal home, and the sound of power-looms in every single place. Strolling on the primary highway in Van Phuc, vacationers will probably be misplaced on this planet of silk with numerous merchandise like shirts, ties, crafts, attire… product of silk accessible within the village.
For an extended time period, silk was thought-about as extraordinarily valuable handwork which was solely used to tailor Royal members' and aristocrats’ gown. The particular fantastic thing about Van Phuc or Ha Dong silk was inspiration for a lot of Vietnamese poems, songs and films (see The White Silk Dress, one of many 5 most excellent Vietnamese motion pictures).
In Nguyen dynasty time, Van Phuc silk was dropped at Hue imperial citadel to make gown for royal members. Between 1931 and 1932, Van Phuc silk was on show in worldwide exhibitions for the primary time in Marseille, then Paris and was extremely appreciated and most well-liked by the French. From 1958 to 1988, Van Phuc silk principally was exported to Eastern European market, and since 1990, it has been identified broadly in lots of nations everywhere in the world.
Van Phuc silk has been identified for its clean, gentle weight, and stylish look. Particularly, a conventional type of silk known as Van Silk made in Van Phuc make the wearers really feel cool in summer time and heat in winter. At present, to fulfill numerous demand for silk of the market, Van Phuc silk producers have expanded their silk and garment items like embroidered silk, , wrinkled silk, double layers and extra colours for silk merchandise.
Many households in Van Phuc open their very own retailers on the primary highway of the village; create a “city of silk” that promote eye-catching and prime quality silk merchandise. Vacationers could purchase accessible good memento and garments within the store, or choose probably the most appropriate supplies to then get custom-made merchandise. The sellers are very pleasant and may communicate somewhat English and French to speak to overseas vacationers.
These days, though the weaving has been mechanized for greater productiveness, there are nonetheless easy guide looms in some homes within the village which assist vacationers ponder the genuinely conventional Vietnamese approach of constructing silk.
How to get there
Vacationers can be a part of a tour to Van Phuc village accessible in journey businesses, or go to Van Phuc on their owns by automobile, bike, or catch the native bus 02, 21 then stroll 500m to succeed in the village.
Vacationers ought to journey south west out of Hanoi center on Nguyen Trai street till attain the border of Ha Dong district, then flip proper and drive about 3km to succeed in the village.