Van Lam Embroidery Village
Van Lam embroidery village is located to the center of Tam Coc – Bich Dong tourist destination in Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu Districts. Not know that embroidery village has ever since, but according to people, the embroidery profession appeared in Van Lam thousands of years ago. It is said that under the Tran Dynasty, the king was stationed in this area, and Empress Tran Thi Dung had opened embroideries to teach people in the area, and the traditional craft was handed down and developed.
Van Lam is a village of Ninh Hai Commune with 1,000 households and 3,000 people; Van Lam now has 100% of households and people doing embroidery. From 7 to 8 year old children, the elderly 70 – 80 years old can hold embroidery. However, the local people in addition to doing embroidery work also produce agriculture and provide services to tourists.
Le Van Thiem, head of Van Lam village, said that: Products of the embroidery village have thousands of designs: bed sheets, curtains, towels, dishes, interior decorations … For the Households work alone, they produce products for sale to tourists or open kiosks for sale. For businesses, products are mainly exported through contracts signed with foreign partners. Currently, there are 7 enterprises engaged in embroidery. Enterprises not only open workshops in the locality but also through other forms of cooperation: processing, organizing many production sites in localities inside and outside the district. This direction is not only to ensure the progress, time and quantity of goods for customers but also create jobs for local people in the time of leisure. In 2007, many embroidered enterprises should make a high turnover such as: PATACO enterprise reached over 3 billion VND … For families doing individual goods, income from embroidery industry is about 20,000 VND / person day … Total value from the embroidery industry in the last year of the village is estimated at over 10 billion.
The head of the village also said that Van Lam traditional embroidery village was recognized by Ninh Binh province in 2006. In November 2007, the Vietnam Handicraft Association recognized Van Lam as one of the 12 typical villages in the country. . The village also held the welcome procession of this noble title from Hanoi and celebrated the ceremony of recognizing artisan for Chu Van Luong at 84-years-old; Dinh Van Uynh at 78 years old, and the three eminent enterprises featured in the embroidery: Minh Trang, Pataco and An Loc.
Mr. Vu Thanh Luan, 53 years old, is enthusiastic about the embroidering profession said that: Van Lam is implementing the motto “Agricultural quit rather abandon traditional village,” the people of Van Lam develop embroidery work combined with costumes. Located in the tourist area known for tens of thousands of visitors every year, Van Lam can develop into a tourist village, creating a type of tourism village ideal for production areas, large-scale sales. In addition, the organization of the anniversary, village festivals, honor the artisans, enterprises operating in the embroidery industry … is also one of many activities to maintain and develop the profession also attract tourists to Tam Coc- Bich Dong.
Written by Tracy Nguyen