Festival to honour Viet Nam’s brocade culture

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Not only the ethnic minority groups that you see in the Sapa trip, Brocade is also a featured product in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. The first festival to honour the Vietnamese brocade culture will be held from December 27 to 30 in the Central Highlands province of Dak Nong.

Themed Vietnamese Brocade Culture Festival in Dak Nong, the festival will have a wide range of cultural activities and art performances.

Brocade is traditionally made from cotton and flax yarn material found in the forest. Its patterns are dyed in natural colours. 

The patterns on brocade fabric often reflect the traditions of ethnic groups. The brocade weaving tradition is preserved and inherited in each ethnic family by women.

In fact, most brocade products are fabricated by Mong locals, mostly skilful and meticulous craftspeople, in the northern mountainous provinces of Ha Giang and Lao Cai as well as others in the Central Highlands.

Handmade brocade products, both in the past and present, have been closely associated with the habits and customs of most of the Vietnamese ethnic groups. Brocade fabric, for example, serves as essentials or goods and is even used in marriages.

The festival aims to underline the importance of the preservation and development of ethnic groups’ brocade in the process of global integration. Visitors will get a chance to learn more about brocade made by different ethnic groups in Viet Nam.

The festival will demonstrate brocade weaving to introduce visitors to the process.A fashion show, including traditional and modern brocade designs, will be the highlight of the festival.

High-quality brocade products will also be displayed for sale. The festival will include folk games and art performances. Artistes and artisans from different ethnic groups will meet at the event for cultural exchange. They will perform traditional art forms introducing the history and culture of ethnic groups. 

The four-day event is expected to be held biennially in Gia Nghia town.

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