From many generations now, the bra and scarf has become a close image to everyone, as a symbol for people in the Mekong Delta. That is also the product of Long Khanh A weaving craft village in Long Khanh A commune, Hong Ngu district, Dong Thap province. With efforts in the development process, Long Khanh weaving-weaving village has become one of the typical handicraft villages of Dong Thap province.
Along the Tien river isle, a weaving village was formed in Long Khanh in the early years of the twentieth century. According to the elderly, in the past, grandparents and parents planted mulberry and raised silkworms to weave Cam Tu fabric (Lanh My A fabric). At that time, people here only used handcraft to perform the stages of spinning, cooking, spinning, weaving … productivity and efficiency were not high. Therefore, some people spend some time learning how to weave scarves from An Giang province, then bring the designs and weaving methods to Long Khanh A commune to pass on to descendants. Seeing that the weaving technique is easy to apply and the product consumes faster than the Cam Tu fabric, the villagers in the village of Cam Tu weave completely switch to the craft of weaving.
The weaving village operates all year round, but around the period from the Lunar New Year to the fourth lunar month is the busiest business season of the households here. If you have a chance to travel to Dong Thap, when you come to Long Khanh A weaving village, the sound of robe weaving machines will sound continuously. In the vibrant atmosphere of the craft village, machines operate continuously, all over the yard are colorful rolls of yarn that are dried in the sun. Hand loom machines have almost gradually been replaced by mechanization to increase productivity.
On average, a machine loom, workers can weave about 50 -60 shawl products / day. By mechanization, the products produced are three times higher than the manual weaving method. With nearly 50 production households, on average each year, craft villages supply to markets in the Mekong Delta provinces, Ho Chi Minh City and Cambodia … nearly 1.5 million towels of all kinds.
With weaving, machines have replaced human power in many stages. Many families invest in autoclaves, weaving machines to meet the needs of large-scale production, but the sequence of implementation, from spinning, cooking, dyeing, drying, drying, spinning, looms, weaving never added or removed a single stitch. The scarves look a bit rustic but are as fanciful as the noble silk products.
Recall from 2000 to 2012, people here said that the production situation of the craft village at that time faced many difficulties. Due to the open economy, the market to diversify products, traditional scarves face enormous competitive pressure from towels made from synthetic fibers. Purchasing power decreased, meaning that the golden age of the bandanna was gone. Finished woven shawls are piled up in the house, but there is no consumer place.
The inevitable corollary is that the profitability of the profession is no longer attractive enough to “hold on to” employees. Therefore, many households have stopped production. As a result, the number of looms decreased sharply, at times there were less than 20 frames. Unable to stand still to see the craft village standing on the brink of being lost, the looms closed the spider’s web, the artisans here boldly changed the weaving method, improving the design …
Although not passing any art class, but only with skillful hands, aesthetic eyes of longtime craftsmen, Long Khanh A craftsmen have mixed color for products, creating a very unique mark, both bold homeland and a bit of modernity.
In addition to the 2 traditional white – black colors, the current Long Khanh A shawl is also woven in fancy and delicate colors such as: Pink – white, black – red, blue – pink … Not only bring the scarf to Gardeners, artisans in Long Khanh weaving village have turned the homeland’s products into souvenirs, “unique” and “strange” fashion items serving tourists and people into street like ao dai, ba ba, bags, tie, hat …
It is the change in size, color, texture, product form … Long Khanh A brand scarf becomes more diversified and sophisticated, gradually conquering the tastes of customers.
Through many ups and downs of time, products from Dong Thap weaving village not only bring cultural features, but also provide a significant source of income for local people. Although rustic, but carefully woven, this will be a very unique gift of the dear pink lotus land, adorn the Southern culture with new and unique colors.
Nowadays, Long Khanh A weaving craft village develops not only weaving but also tourism development. This is a unique traditional handicraft village tourism experience attraction for domestic and foreign tourists. Traveling to Dong Thap to visit the craft village, you will have the opportunity to learn and first-hand the steps that make this Long Khanh A shawl with a history of more than 100 years old.
In addition, the old hand-weaving machines are displayed at the attractions to present to visitors. The most interesting is the experience of becoming a scarf weaver, making scarves yourself with a hand-woven machine under the meticulous guidance of the local people. Inside the facility, there are shelves displaying the finished woven scarves for visitors to purchase as souvenirs or gifts for their tour.
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