With Mid-Autumn Festival is approaching, the 15th day of the eighth lunar month falls on September 13,
She's one of few artisans who still make the traditional toys for children.
|Nguyễn Thị Tuyến the only artisan who still keeps the handicraft of making paper doctor. — VNS Photos Lê Bích
She spends a lot of time carefully making small bamboo sticks and cutting the small costume for the toy scholar.
|The figure is made of clay, bamboo and paper.
The scholar, called
In the past, families displayed paper scholars during Mid-Autumn Festival parties to encourage children to study hard and get success in their future careers.
|The traditional toy is displayed on the altar or on a tray of food for children to enjoy at Mid-Autumn Festival party.
A normal small set, which always
|A normal set always consists of a paper doctor with two servants.
The paper scholar figures
After the frame is complete, she sticks papers on.
“Now children are more interested in electronic devices, folk toys have become less and less popular,”
|A family enjoy Mid-Autumn feast.
“I still keep my family’s handicraft to continue the traditional culture,” she said.
Mid-Autumn Festival is an important event for Vietnamese people, when families reunite, parents treat their children, and grown-up children give presents to parents and elders in the family. — VNS