|FOCUS: A craftman working on a lacquer painting in a workshop in Hạ Thái Village. — Photo baomoi.com|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — An excursion to Hạ Thái lacquer village in Hà Nội’s suburban district of Thường Tín will be held this Sunday by the Friends of Vietnam Heritage.
Although Hạ Thái Village was not the first village to invent lacquer painting, it has long been a centre of this art in Việt Nam. Started by Vietnamese painters at the Indochina College of Fine Arts in the 1930s, it was introduced to people of the village. Since then, many artisans have hailed from the town.
Each lacquer painting has its own unique beauty. Enjoying lacquer painting requires thorough knowledge of painting techniques in order to understand the talent and dedication of artisans as well as the sophistication and creativity which lies beneath the layers of colour.
Artisan Vũ Huy Mến – dubbed the “treasure” of the village – will tell stories of craftsmanship and the lives of the artists to visitors.
The excursion is not only to learn about the craft, but also to explore a typical northern village that still retains its ancient temple, pagoda, pond and courtyard.
The trip will depart from Hà Nội at 9am and return to the centre at 5pm. Cost: VNĐ300,000. Max: 25 people.
For registration, contact Phương Anh at firstname.lastname@example.org. — VNS