1. What are handicrafts?
    Handicraft is a profession that belongs to the field of design art, created in a very special and extremely meticulous way from the hands of artisans. Handicrafts always receive high appreciation for their aesthetic, artistic as well as usefulness that crafts bring. The artisans and workers who create handicrafts are appreciated as talented artists with soft hands painting on motifs that are likened to gold like jade.

2. Characteristics of handicrafts

First, culture

Unlike industrial production, which is mainly produced by machines in the production of handicrafts, labor mainly relies on skillful hands and creative minds of craftsmen and artisans. The products made have both use value but also bear the unique identity that is symbolized by a certain craft village, a locality, a certain countryside. For that reason, the cultural content of handicraft products is much higher than that of mass-produced industrial goods.
It can be said that these features are a strong attraction for customers, especially international visitors, creating a unique and separate culture of the S-shaped land. In tourism activities, these items are will be special souvenirs for foreign tourists traveling in Vietnam

Tourists visiting Vietnam cannot help but bring home a handicraft item, even though this item is simple and rustic unlike the attractive technology items but the This has become a cultural product with high artistic value and is considered a symbol of the traditional craft of the Vietnamese nation.

– Second, the aesthetic

Products with high aesthetic value, each handicraft product is a work of art, having both use value and aesthetic value. Handicraft products, besides being created for the purpose of use, often carry on them elegant lines, so many products are both for consumption and as decorative objects in homes, temples. pagodas, offices, museums, etc. The products are a combination of sophisticated and unique craft methods with the artistic creative mind of the artisans; Unlike with industrial products that are mass-produced by machines, all manufactured goods are the same, but the pattern is often rigid. handicrafts are created by hand, mainly rely on the skillful hands of talented artisans.

-Third, singularity
In addition, the uniqueness is due to the fact that Vietnamese handicrafts carry the soul of the Vietnamese people, carry the culture and identity of the Vietnamese nation, thus helping to differentiate in the international market. with goods from other countries such as those from China or Japan. Along with the cultural characteristics, the uniqueness has brought absolute advantages to Vietnam’s handicrafts in export. For Vietnam and international customers, it is not only valuable to use but also promotes the process of cultural exchange between ethnic groups.

-Fourth, diversity

The diversity of handicraft products is reflected in the methods and materials that make up that product and the culture in the product itself. The materials to make the product can be bricks, earth, sedge, banana rope, coconut fiber… each type will create a handicraft product with different nuances, giving the user different feelings. about the product.

As a pair of house slippers, but the sandal made of sedge is too old for consumers, so now, the artisans use banana string material, creating a very new feeling, with the ivory yellow color of bananas and medium-sized bananas. has the natural musty color of the banana stem…

In addition, the diversity is also reflected in the cultural features on handicraft products because each handicraft product carries the typical cultural features of each region and each production period. they. Therefore, there are many types of handicraft products on the market, but each type has its own characteristics and unique features; It is also ceramics, but with the lines, flowers, textures, and quality, one can still distinguish which is Vietnamese pottery, Japanese pottery, Chinese pottery …

-Fifth, manual calculation

The craftsmanship in each handicraft product is reduced from the way the product is created. Handicraft products are created, crystallized from skillful, soft hands with the creativity, sophistication and sophistication of the artisans, not in the form of stamping, mechanical like manufacturing by machines, modern equipment.

It is this feature that makes the difference between handicraft products and modern industrial products. Although today in terms of uses, goods produced by machines are diverse and have more use values, but with their own characteristics, handicraft products always cause the love of consumers. .

  1. Items

-Firstly, Fine art furniture

Wooden handicrafts are handmade products, using wood materials to produce products to meet the needs of consumers. Some typical wooden handicraft products such as: Cabinets, beds, shelves, tables and chairs, antique clocks, wooden statues…

Unlike other wooden products, fine art furniture has a delicate beauty with high art. Each product is meticulously carved, with fine lines and the enthusiasm of skilled craftsmen.

-Second, Vietnam’s bamboo and rattan exports

This is a long-standing profession in Vietnam, with skillful hands of craftsmen knitting products from rattan and bamboo materials of natural origin such as: Fruit platter, basket, rack, basket , lanes, baskets, trays, vases, lampshades,…

-Third, Vietnamese Pottery

Pottery in Vietnam has existed for many generations. Today, Vietnam’s ceramic products are very famous for many types of ceramic wares, such as flower pots, wine vases, Buddha statues, tea sets, bowls, plates, etc.

Popular ceramic glaze colors are celadon, eel skin glaze, light yellow glaze, flowing glaze. Textures on the product are associated with familiar features in life such as a boy playing the flute sitting on a buffalo, a banyan tree at the village gate, the roof of a lotus lake pagoda, a girl playing the lute… Vietnamese ceramic goods have appeared in many places. international markets. Some famous pottery such as: Bat Trang Pottery, Chu Dau Pottery, …