Friday, 25 November 2011

Vietnamese Embroidery

We are now in Central Vietnam in a lovely city called Hue, having flown down from Hanoi. 
Before leaving Hanoi we drove down to Halong Bay where we spent overnight cruising 
on an historic replica Junk, out on this magical World Heritage Site.

On the way to and from Halong Bay we stopped at several places where local young women were working on embroideries. The quality of the stitching does vary as obviously they are stitched by so many different people. 

 In some the background is totally stitched too while 
others just the subject is stitched. The boy on the bike is the only part stitched on this one.

In Hue we were taken to a very classy shop and workshop where the women were making the double-sided embroideries – the back is as good as the front – they are totally reversible. They take many months to make these pieces and some were even the amazing double sided versions that many of us saw the Exhibition at the Temple out by Botany, Auckland, New Zealand. These two are working on a double sided one and it will take them four months to complete it. The background fabric is see through and is stretched onto the frame really, really tightly. They are stitching with fine silk thread.

Others were quicker and easier to make and were more for the average tourist market 
rather than the fine embroidery connoisseur. These were framed as pictures, sold as
just stitcheries or made into bags. This is a close up of he pansy bag below.

Next stop is Hoi An famous for silk. I start my collection of raw silk in the Old Quarter 
of Hanoi, but I definitely need some more.


  1. Wow Robyn, not only the joys of a foreign country but you seem to have found a stitchers paradise - luck you. Enjoy the next stop and thanks for taking us along on the ride ; )))
    hugs - Miche'le

  2. In the medieval aeon up to the end of the 14th century, English adornment was advised to be the best in Europe and was accepted as composition anglicanum.