Do Papermaking – Suoi Co Village
Traditional Vietnamese paper, Do, is made from the bark of Rhamnoneuron balansae shrub native to Vietnam. It’s renowned for its texture and its lifespan of 800 years. Many folk paintings, manuscripts, royal edicts (dating all the way back to the 13th century) were written on it.
From the early 20th century, Yen Thai village and some other villages in Bac Ninh province were home to Do paper, which plays a crucial role in Vietnamese folk art. With the influx of industrial production, however, the art of Do papermaking was lost when most villagers failed to make ends meet. Now the handcrafted Do papers and a variety of products (notebooks, paper fans, postcards…) are being produced again by the Muong people in Suoi Co Village, about 48 kilometres southwest of Hanoi. You can contact Zo Project for workshops and tours.
Zo Project, 10 Điện Biên Phủ, Cửa Nam, Ba Đình, Hà Nội, Vietnam, +84 0169 499 2010