Craft villages gear up for OVOP exhibition in Hanoi

Friday, 2018-11-09 09:57:23
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A craftsman from Phu Vinh village working on a rattan-made house built in the shape of a cloud.
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NDO – The ‘One village one product’ (OVOP) exhibition and the Vietnam Local Specialities Fair will be held in Hanoi from November 21-25 by the Hanoi Promotion Agency (HPA) and the Vietnam Handicraft Exporters Association (Vietcraft), expecting to attract more than 400 booths by craft villages and businesses across the country.

HPA Deputy Director, Nguyen Mai Anh, said that the OVOP exhibition, the first to be held in Hanoi, aims to advertise typical handicraft products, souvenirs, and designs of Hanoi’s craft villages.

It also offers an opportunity for the participating businesses to showcase their creativity and signature identity of their products, thus helping to increase their competitiveness and promote made-in-Vietnam products to international visitors, importers and distributors.

The exhibits will be arranged in two spaces, one dedicated to honouring Hanoi’s traditional crafts, such as bamboo and rattan, ceramics, silk, and lacquer, and the other will showcase products by villages nationwide which have participated in the OVOP programme.

The installation of the “Cloud’ house, which has been created from thousands of bamboo and rattan baskets.

Since several months ago, craftsmen in Phu Vinh village, Chuong My district, in Hanoi, have been busy with the installation of the “Cloud’ house, which has been created from thousands of bamboo and rattan baskets.

As this is the first time that Phu Vinh bamboo and rattan products will be showcased at such a large scale exhibition, the villagers consider it a fruitful opportunity to introduce their signature products to visitors at home and abroad.

Artisan Nguyen Van Tinh, who was born in a family with three successive generations working in making bamboo and rattan in the village, said that the exhibition is a promising venue for him and his fellow villagers to establish connections with new trade partners and reach customers.

Meanwhile, Thuy Ung villagers in Hoa Binh commune, Thuong Tin district in Hanoi, are completing the final steps in the making of combs, accessories and jewellery from buffalo horns to be displayed at the exhibition.

Not only being consumed domestically, the village’s products have been exported abroad and won much interest and appreciation from foreign consumers. According to Vu Thanh Liem, his firm’s combs have been exported to Japan at a cost of more than VND700,000 each.

Ha Thai lacquer village’s products are diverse in designs and highly applicable in modern life.

In Ha Thai lacquer village in Duyen Thai commune, Thuong Tin district, Do Hung Chieu, the owner of Chieu Ha firm, has worked to diversify the designs of their lacquer products and make the products more highly applicable in modern life.

His firm’s products will be soon presented to visitors at the OVOP exhibition, he said excitedly.

Vice Chairman of Vietcraft, Le Ba Ngoc, said that the OVOP exhibition has attracted enthusiastic participation from many craft villages from across the country.

Stressing the organising board’s motto that Vietnamese people have the right to consume Vietnamese goods which were made at superior quality, Ngoc revealed that all of the handicraft products to be on display at the exhibition are high-quality export products, but are sold for domestic consumers at affordable prices.