An old potter forms clay products at a workshop in Phổ Khánh Commune. The commune has 50 potters working at three major workshops. — VNS Photo Diễm Kiều
QUẢNG NGÃI — The central province will recognise the brand ownership for the pottery craft of Phổ Khánh Commune in Đức Phổ District in order to promote the preservation of the centuries-old trade.
Chairman of the communal People’s Committee Phạm Kim Oanh confirmed the news to Việt Nam News, saying the trade was derived from the Sa Huỳnh Culture (from 2,500 to 3,000 years ago), and is preserved by local potters.
He said three major potteries with 50 potters in the commune are producing terracotta products.
“We have completed the recognition of the trade for prolonged preservation. The pottery commune was included in the provincial Lý Sơn-Sa Huỳnh Global Geo-Park that has been submitting for approval by UNESCO,” Oanh said.
“The trade will act as a demonstration for tourists when visiting relic sand archaeological sites of the Sa Huỳnh Culture.”
An old man lays finished pottery product in a yard of a pottery worshop in Phổ Khánh. The terracotta products are popular in rural areas. — VNS Photo Công Thành
An Khê Lake, an archaeological site of the Sa Huỳnh Culture, is popular among cultural researchers and archaeologists from Việt Nam and around the world.
The commune also plans to build brand recognition for hến rèn (a tiny mussel) in the commune.
According to the province, the National Office of Intellectual Property of Việt Nam, under the Ministry of Science and Technology, recognised brand ownership for chives (Allium schoenoprasum) – a scallion species – and products of Lý Sơn Islands in the province including garlic, onion, seafood, garlic wine, dried seafood and seaweed. — VNS