Paper-making craft of Dao ethnic people in Ha Giang
Update: Oct 03, 2022
Paper-making is a traditional craft of the Dao ethnic minority people in Thanh Son hamlet, Viet Quang town, Bac Quang district, Ha Giang province.

About 96 out of 126 households in the area still preserve the craft to make their own paper for use in worship rituals and ceremonies. The manual process of making paper uses material from a type of bamboo trees called “vau.”

Young “vau” is chopped, soaked in lime water for about a month; then washed, soaked in water for a while; then masticated and mixed with a solution containing the resin of a forest tree to increase adhesion.

From this mixture, the locals create paper and dry it out under sunlight.

The People’s Army Newspaper would like to introduce some images of the paper-making craft.

Young “vau” is masticated to make material for the paper.

The paper is washed.

Pieces of paper are pressed to remove water.

Separating each piece of paper

Drying out the paper

Translated by Trung Thanh

PANO - - October 2nd, 2022