But I’m not sure if I should be happy or sad because the title Vietnam is hunting for is that of an intangible heritage in need of urgent safeguarding. Some are joking that since Vietnam is unable to conserve the art, it must now seek international help. But whether or not Dong Ho prints and paintings can be saved like Phu Tho province’s xoan singing remains to be seen. Unlike physical heritage sites such as temples and shrines, items of intangible heritage are more inextricably linked to daily life. They exist through the activity of a certain community, either orally or through the passing of craftsmanship or some kind of knowledge. The community is the custodian of heritage. Quan ho, for instance, exists through the activities of the singers and local residents in the Bac Ninh and Bac Giang areas, while the gong culture is maintained by the artists and communities of Tay Nguyen ethnic groups. The bearers of heritage play a crucial role in its existence. But for many … [Read more...] about UNESCO title is not enough to save Dong Ho woodblock printing. Make it sell!
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A centre to preserve the Dong Ho folk print making craft is being under construction at a cost of 2.5 billion VND (156,250 USD) in Song Ho commune, Thuan Thanh district, northern Bac Ninh province, 30km northeast of Hanoi. The centre, built by the joint efforts of the local authorities and craftman Nguyen Dang Che, one of very few masters of the craft, will include a courtyard, a garden and buildings for displaying and making prints with the typical architecture of ancient houses in the northern delta region. Scheduled to be put into use in early March, the centre will display some 200 Dong Ho prints of various patterns, and preserve close to 1,000 wooden blocks, including many valuable ones dated back over 200 years. The artifacts have been collected by Che and his family for several decades. Che is also preparing for compiling bilingual books in Vietnamese and English to introduce the values of these distinctive rustic prints, once essential decorations during the northern … [Read more...] about 2.5 billion VND for preservation of Dong Ho folk prints
(Cinet)- On March 06, The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has listed Dong Ho folk woodcut painting as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage. The making of Dong Ho folk woodcut painting has its roots in Song Ho commune, Thuan Thanh district. Traditionally, Dong Ho painting, which reflected a wide range of themes, especially good luck wishes, historical figures and folk allegories, was part of the essential decorations in each Vietnamese family during the traditional Tet (lunar New Year) festival. According to the villagers, the making of Dong Ho painting dates back to the 11th century during the reign of the Ly dynasty (1009-1225). However, researchers said the craft began under the rule of the Le dynasty (1428-1788). In making the painting, Dong Ho craftsmen used raw materials from nature, including making sheets of printing papers from bark of “do” tree and creating colours from earth, burnt bamboo leaves, sea shell. After printing, the finished painting … [Read more...] about Dong Ho folk woodcut painting recognized as National Intangible Cultural Heritage
(Cinet)- In the cultural heritage treasure of Vietnam exists a line of folk painting with 500 years, which is Dong Ho painting - a culture heritage is printed on a special kind of do paper. Dong Ho is a small village in Thuan Thanh, Bac Ninh province, located on the southern side of the Duong river (30km to the east from Hanoi,) is one of the villages that remains to preserve ancient cultural relies of Kinh Bac area (red river delta, north of Vietnam.) Dong Ho folk painting is very famous because Dong ho is the only village where people know to make the "do" painting with completely natural materials. The printing paper is made of bark of a tree called "do." The background paper is originally white. People use natural materials to change the colors of the papers which are usually orange, pink, yellow, purple,.. Colors of the painting are refined from various kinds of tree leaves, that people can easily find in Vietnam. Particular, the red color is taken from earth of hills and … [Read more...] about Dong Ho painting – National intangible cultural heritage
Hanoi Times - The first ever centre for preservation and introduction of Dong Ho folk paintings was inaugurated on July 25 in northern Bac Ninh province. Artisan Nguyen Dang Che is the owner of the building. Three traditionally designed houses on an area of 5,500 sq m, the venue for the display and preservation of Dong Ho folk paintings have been completed after nearly one year of construction. One house is a place for showing performance of making Dong Ho paintings. The other serves as a showroom of Dong Ho paintings. This is also a guest reception room. The last serves as a museum where keeps ancient wood-blocks and ancient Dong Ho paintings are kept. Artisan Che now has nearly 100 ancient wood-blocks between 50-100 years old. one of the blocks is nearly 400 years old, and has been handed down through nine generations. He started the collection since 1991. Apart from showing guests with ancient paintings, he also introduces thousands of new paintings in various … [Read more...] about First Dong Ho folk painting centre inaugurated