HOI AN (VNS) — The ancient city of Hoi An has introduced new craft products made from Firmiana colorata, commonly known as the Chinese parasol tree, a large tree on Cham Island.
Different products have been made by islanders for years that are marketed towards tourists.
Local people produce hammocks from tree bark, oil, cake, skin cream and lipstick.
The city plans to restore the trees and develop its craft industry in connection with tourism in Cham Island and Hoi An.
Three Firmiana colorata trees, which started growing on the island 200 years ago, were recently recognised as Heritage Trees by the Vietnam Association for Conservation of Nature and Environment.
Cham Island, which was recognised as a world biosphere reserve by UNESCO in 2009, hosts about 100,000 tourists annually.
The island, located 20km off the coast of Hoi An, was the first locality in Viet Nam to ban the use of plastic bags and promote 3-R (reduce, reuse and recycle) programmes since 2011. — VNS