Traditional Sedge Kim Son Village Ninh Binh
Traditional Sedge Kim Son Village Ninh Binh is famous for the cultivation of sedges, do the sedge has long been. Kim Son sedge is associated with nature, because the material to make the products from the sedge is as simple as nature in this land. Up to now, Kim Son handicraft products have been present in more than 20 countries and regions in the world.
Traditional Sedge Village
Originated from the earliest Kim Son village is a wilderness, but there has been created for a special privilege is a special tree – as sedge. According to people in the area, the Sedge has been in Kim Son for nearly two centuries. Over a hundred years of sea dyke, the Kim Son people have created immense flats to grow sea grass.
Sea grass has a rice-growing cycle. Seagulls harvest in May, seasons in October (lunar calendar). When the parrot blossomed on the mudflats of the sea, the farmer began to cut the sedge of the field. The process of growing sea grass is like rice: plow, scatter, drain, drainage, sedge, weed, mud, fertilizer. The quality of the planting depends on the proper mixing of fresh water and saltwater. The irrigation system for the cultivation of sedge is as important as rice. Freshly harvested shrimps are cut, dried and brought to the market and then weave into flowers and products from the sedge.
Sea grass is the main material of the weaving mats. For sedge growers, sea grass is attached to the profession, with workers throughout their lives needing labor. “Sedges are not many leaves, many branches / trees put up tops for flowers.” The sedge is the symbol of the sea-encroaching people, following the footsteps of the sea-encroaching people, fall of the salt water, of the sea storm surge
In the Kim Son land, soft and shining sea grass, acting as a link between the sea and the shore, among hard-working people, healthy with abundant nature. Sea grass is also the link between Kim Son and other regions in the country and around the world, contributing a large part to economic development, culture and tourism. The strength of the sedge industry in Kim Son is the production of essential consumer products. The sedge here is also the “pioneer troops” the sea, conquering nature. The slogan “rice to sedge to sea” is the motto of conquering the natural tens of thousands of people Kim Son.
In order to have an art handicraft product, the technique of planting and producing sedge of Kim Son is quite special. It is a meticulous, precise and accurate process right from the time of planting sedge to the final stage is knitting, weaving and perfecting the sedge.
The most prominent in the products from the sedge of Kim Son is Sea grass mats. Which are a process of creative work, hard, careful from the stage of picking sedge so bright red and durable color, especially the flowering of sedge. Kim Son people live in the village of the sea grass hundreds of years ago so full of the characteristics of a true craftsman a skillful hand, acumen, flexibility, agility and passion for the profession. These qualities help them to meet the demanding requirements of the craft, create the sedge in Kim Son district, Ninh Binh province.
Kim Son Sedge out into the world
As the economy entered a period of integration, the traditional craft villages such as weaving, knitting sedge also more or less lost. With the output of these products shrinking, many artisans were unable to continue the tradition of the clan and they switched to other careers to earn a living. Fortunately, Kim Son still retains the traditional village that has been around for nearly 2 centuries. Though experiencing ups and downs of history, Kim Son sedge mat village has increasingly expressed its position, survival and development to the present day. The products here are diverse in design, color patterns are extremely eye-catching.
In addition, in order to have nice designs to meet customers’ tastes, sea grass producers have worked closely with the partners to get ideas, design designs and constantly improve the quality of products. Typically, the technique of applying polyester spray on the surface of sedge products helps to stabilize the industrial design, while improving the resistance to mold, moisture, especially in the export. As a result, Kim Son handicraft products always ensure the quality when reaching the consumers, contributing greatly in improving the competitiveness in the international market.
Up to 2016, Kim Son district has 100% of villages and communes involved in sedge processing; about 20 villages have been recognized by the provincial People’s Committee to recognize the village with more than 5,000 enterprises, establishments and individual households involved in plantation sedge. These enterprises are the bridge between the village and the domestic and foreign markets in the production and consumption of products. In addition, over the past time, businesses have trained more than 800 skilled workers, not only meet the local labors demand but also some neighboring provinces such as Thai Binh, Nam Dinh, Thanh Hoa…
Up to now, Sedge products have been exported to more than 20 countries. And believing that with great passion and love for the career through the ups and downs of hundreds of years, people here still continues to make this traditional industry grow stronger.
Written by Tracy Nguyen