Van Phuc – The silk village

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Van Phuc, a village not far from Hanoi, has been known for it’s quality silk for over 1200 years.The village’s fields abled them to farm and produce their own silk. However with the urbanisation and development of the country, these fields were turned into suburbian towns of Hanoi. Due to this the village now has to import the silk cocoons from other areas before proceding with the silk making process.

Nowdays, the silk looms are mechanised to speed up the production method, however the original manual looms are still on show in the village. The director of the factory took some time to show us how the machanical machines work. DSC_0002

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These punched wooden sheets are used to program the machines to create the designs on the silk.

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