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Millions of flowers and plants for Tet

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:05 am

Millions of flowers and plants for Tet

QĐND – Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:37 (GMT+7)

Flower growers and gardeners in Cho Lach District in the southern province of Ben Tre are preparing 4 million flowers and bonsais of different kinds for the coming Tet holidays. Mr. Bui Thanh Liem, Director of the district’s Agriculture and Rural Development Office said most of them are domestic products.

The District is expected to provide nearly all demands, except some kinds of foreign flowers imported from China and Thailand.

* Meanwhile, Da Lat City’s flower exports have not increased compared to previous years, said Mr. Tran Huy Duong, Chairman of the Da Lat Flower Association, at a recent seminar on agriculture.

There is only 5% of the City’s output to be exported to foreign markets due to lack of investment, small-scale production and ineffective plans.

Source: TT&TP

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Spectacular silk flowers add colour to fish street

In Social life on March 13, 2010 at 4:39 am

Spectacular silk flowers add colour to fish street

QĐND – Friday, March 12, 2010, 20:28 (GMT+7)

It has been nearly 50 years since Nguyen Mai Hanh cut her first petals, bent her first stems and painted her first fabrics. Now she’s one of the country’s most illustrious artisans.

While wafts of frying fish and dill are what lure most people to Cha Ca Street, downtown Ha Noi, others are drawn simply by the colours. The house at number 5 is full of them: they carpet the floor, climb the walls and hang from the ceiling.

The delicate, larger-than-life silk flowers that inhabit the house are made by the hands of 59-year-old Hanh, also known as the “uncrowned queen of silk flowers”.

Virtually any time of day finds Hanh immersed in a bed of petals, leaves and stems, surrounded by a gaggle of teenage girl apprentices.

Hanh who was born and educated in a well-to-do family, was convinced to pursue a “feminine occupation”. She tried her hand at drawing. But her teacher advised her against pursuing a career in fine art, saying there were already too many trying to make it as painters. What the country needed, he said, were craftswomen.

Hanh took his advice, and began learning the trade that her mother, Doan Thi Thai, had practised for years.

Hanh’s was wounded in a US bombing raid on Ha Noi. During the time she lay on bed for treatment, Thai taught her to make her first petals.

“Since then, I became fascinated by silk flowers,” Hanh says.

She worked hard learning to create silk flowers, unearthing a natural talent for the work. By 1986, the Government had recognised her as an official Silk Flower Craftswoman at the age 35.

Today, Hanh is known throughout Viet Nam, and her work is coveted by tourists, locals and hotels and restaurants here and abroad.

While silk flowers are produced more cheaply in factories in China and Japan, what sets Hanh’s apart is her use of fine materials – silks and satins from Van Phuc Village, on the outskirts Ha Noi – and original designs. And every centimetre, from the stem to the petal, is hand-made.

“Many others base their designs on silk flower catalogues,” Hanh said. “I usually use real flowers as models. The trick is not to make fake flowers look too beautiful.”

“I want them to mimic nature, so I create ragged edges and faded colours, the way they might appear if they had actually come out of the ground.”

But no matter how life-like the blooms are, one factor will always distinguish them from the original: Hanh guarantees her flowers will continue to look freshly plucked for 10 to 15 years, even if they are washed regularly.

And Hanh’s fame just can’t seem to stop growing. She is proud of opportunities to bring silk flowers and teach the trade in France, Russia, Japan, Thailand, Singapore and South Korea.

Once when she introduced her products on the occasion of Ha Noi Cultural Day in Toulouse, France in 2007, many visitors came to her stall but they didn’t believe that her flowers were hand-made. She gave a demonstration of her skills and wowed observers.

“Some people asked to kiss my hands when they witnessed the flowers being shaped,” she says.

Hanh has taught her silk flower-making secrets to domestic and foreign students alike in recent years. She stills remembers a French girl. After several years studying, she came back to her country and opened classes to teach others to make Vietnamese flowers.

“When she married, she made herself a garland of silk flowers and sent me her photos wearing it as a thank-you to me,” Hanh says.

Hanh has been busier than ever of late, working around the clock to ensure visitors to the rapidly approaching 1,000th anniversary of Ha Noi had a chance to catch the scent of Viet Nam’s most celebrated silk florist.

“I will prepare carefully for the anniversary and be ready for whatever the Viet Nam Folklore Association requests,” Hanh says.

Source: VietNamNet/Viet Nam News


Source: QDND