Hanoi traditional village tour takes visitors to some of the most interesting sites in and around the capital city, and Chang Son paper fan making village is must to be included in the itinerary. This is a famous paper fan making village dedicated to Hanoi’s most aesthetic and valuable hand paper fans. The place has been renowned domestically and internationally since the 19th century.
Get to know Chang Son Village in Hanoi
Chang Son Village is located in Chang Son Commune, Thach That District, around 30km from Hanoi. In the past, the French used to take the Chang Son paper fans to Paris for the exhibition. As time passes, many modern cooling devices like air-conditioners and electric fans come to life. But, the handcrafted aesthetic paper hands of Chang Son Village in Hanoi are still appreciated. Each fan is beautifully decorated and skillfully made, resulting in the second-to-none hand paper fans in Hanoi Vietnam.
The villagers are able to produce a variety of paper fans to meet the buyers’ requirements, ranging from the ordinary items to the specialized ones for stage performances, the sophisticated calligraphy fans, etc. Products will go through the meticulous procedure, like choosing bamboo (pretty straight with few knots and of proper age), water soaking (to keep bamboo from termites), drying, splitting into thinner pieces, stringing them for the bamboo backbone, dying the bamboo frames, cutting and folding paper/silk, and sticking it to the frames without crease. The results should be the high-quality and eye-catching hand fans. Especially, the calligraphy fans and decorative fans need the beautiful drawing and handwriting.
There are tailor-made hand fans in this address that customers come to order their preferred fans with specific materials, styles, handwriting patterns, etc. The tailor-made products need to be ordered at least one month in advance. The celebrated artist in this village is Mr. Duong Van Doan, who created a record of Vietnam’s largest hand fan (9m long and 4.5m high, on which was a drawing of Hanoi countryside market) exhibited in Hue in June 2009.
Hanoi Village Tour to the Traditional Chang Son Village
Around 30km from the capital city, Chang Son Village attracts travelers who want the interesting Hanoi traditional village instead of the bustling cityscape or entertainment parks. In that sense, tours to Chang Son give you opportunities to see a true traditional village in the north of Vietnam, buy the aesthetic paper fans as unique souvenirs, and witness how the villagers make the hand fans. You’re likely to view the scenes of how the bamboo is framed to be a fan, how the bamboo frames are drying on the ground, how the paper/silk is cut to attach on the frame, etc.
And, before you reach the village, expect to see the green and lush rice fields on which some local farmers are working industriously. It is a scenic sight to capture. Step by step, you come close to this traditional village in Hanoi. There, you view the fans of various shapes, colors, and sizes being left on the ground, or hung somewhere to get dried. If looking into a house in Chang Son, it’s common to see a big fan on the wall for decoration. Also, some houses might even put the fans on the altars for worshipping and honoring the ancestors’ traditional trade.
Making paper fans for centuries, Chang Son is a praiseworthy traditional village around Hanoi that offers the unique world of colorful hand fans. Whether you’re looking for the gorgeous decorative fans, calligraphy fans, festive silk fans, or performance fans, the village has the best items to sell. Get for yourself the attractive picture silk or paper fans, with landscape or folk tales painted elegantly on a white background. Some travelers even come back and buy more fans of Chang Son Village.
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