The Hanoitimes – An exhibition of Vietnamese folk paintings has attracted a large number of visitors, giving hope to some for a revival of the two traditional art forms, Hang Trong and Dong Ho. The exhibition opened at the old house at No. 87 Ma May Street, Hanoi and is scheduled to end on Feburary 14. Hang Trong paintings deal with a variety of subject matters: “four seasons” with plants, flowers and birds; “dancing peacock” symbolising peace and wealth; “tiger” which contain messages legible to traditional eastern eyes. Hang Trong craftsman starts with woodblocks to print black outlines, then draw in details and colour the picture in by hand. Because the main part of the process is made by the craftsman’s hands, each Hang Trong picture is an original, making them more valuable to collectors. The paper used for Hang Trong paintings is called xuyến chỉ, which differs from the natural colour of the paper used for Dong Ho painting. Hang Trong paintings are usually bright and attractive because pigments are used, with principal colours being pink, blue, green, red and yellow. Fine arts researcher Phan Ngoc Khue said that these paintings are invaluable to understanding the aesthetic, cultural and belief systems of Hanoians of the past. Dozens of Dong Ho fork paintings are also being displayed at the exhibition. Artisan Nguyen Dang Che said that, unlike Hang Trong paintings, Dong Ho paintings are printed on điệp paper, which can be obtained in almost the same way as dó paper….