Lacquerware-making in Vietnam is an art that has been handed down for generations. The painstaking process goes through 20 stages and takes more than 100 days to finish.
Vietnamese lacquerware gained recognition around the world through the international expositions in the 1930s. It is known for its superior quality compared to lacquer products from other Asian countries.
Products suitable for bringing home include jewellery boxes, trays, plates, bowls, vases, and photograph albums.
Be careful when buying lacquerware in Hanoi as the market is in chaos with fine quality and low quality, mass-produced lacquer items. For top quality products, shop at Marena Hanoi, a place with a wide range of designs and colors.
BEST GIFTS FOR: A senior family member or friend
PRICES: From 180,000VND ($8) to 1,250,000VND ($55) per item
PORTABLE LEVEL: From manageable to hard to manage
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