In the tiny village of Thanh Tien on the outskirts of Hue City, a tradition of paper flowers craftsmanship has been handed down from one generation to another for more than 300 years.

 

Hue, Thanh Tien Village, paper flowers
Paper lotus flowers look authentic.

The village is particularly famous for its lotus flowers, which come in all the colours of the rainbow.

They are used for decorating solemn places and traditionally replaced annually during the Lunar New Year festival (Tet).

It has become a special cultural identity of Hue people.

Some photos of the villagers’ craftsmanship:

Hue, Thanh Tien Village, paper flowers
Paper flowers adorn natural scenery
Hue, Thanh Tien Village, paper flowers

Hue, Thanh Tien Village, paper flowers
There are always colourful paper flowers on altars of Hue people
Hue, Thanh Tien Village, paper flowers
Hue people admire skillful arts of paper lotus flower making of Thanh Tien artisans. Foreign visitors from the Europe, America and Australia take many home as souvenirs
Hue, Thanh Tien Village, paper flowers
Thanh Tien paper lotus flowers beautify major festivals, such as the Ao Dai and Hue Festival. They also decorate the Hue Royal Palace and memorial houses
Hue, Thanh Tien Village, paper flowers
Than Van Huy –a renowned artisan in the village
Hue, Thanh Tien Village, paper flowers
He introduced an initiative to make paper lotus in 2008

Hue, Thanh Tien Village, paper flowers

Hue, Thanh Tien Village, paper flowers

Hue, Thanh Tien Village, paper flowers
He says this craft requires patience and skills from artisans

Hue, Thanh Tien Village, paper flowers

Hue, Thanh Tien Village, paper flowers

Hue, Thanh Tien Village, paper flowers

Hue, Thanh Tien Village, paper flowers

Hue, Thanh Tien Village, paper flowers

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