Sunday, June 17, 2012
This, might take a while to read. I'm in the mood to write, thus you can expect a very long entry. Feel free to skip any part if you wish. :P
If this blog has an expiry date for a backdated entries, this one would've expired ages ago heh. I have the habit of leaving my items at the most unexpected places, and tend to misplace... almost everything. The photos from this trip were scattered in few different hard disks, so it took me a while to gather my favourite photos and put them up in an entry.
I went for a personal trip to Vietnam some time last year (told you it's been a while lol), and had the opportunity to explore the beauty of handmade crafts there. I was lucky to have a local guiding me around, and once she knew I was into arts and crafts, she brought me to all these wonderful arts/ craft places. It didn't take me long to realise that quilling artworks were sold EVERYWHERE. Not only the Vietnamese are able to produce quilling artworks in bulk and sell them on streets of Vietnam, they even export them to other countries!
I don't know much about Vietnamese Quilling so I'll leave it to you to find that out on your own (Mr Google, anyone?). According to the local guide, quilling artworks can be found almost everywhere on the streets of Ho Chi Minh, and mostly targeted for foreign tourists, since the motives are very culturalistic - as in the recurring themes are Vietnam sceneries, tourist spots etc. Nature and animals are also the recurring motives in the quilling artworks. They even re-create some famous paintings into quilling forms too.
What amazed me most about Vietnamese Quilling was the thin paper strips used to make the design. They used as thin as 1mm paper strips to create the intricate designs. Mind-blowing! And I love how they shape the paper as well.
I shamelessly spent quite a sum for the artworks, so I could get inspired by them. I do have plans to go there again, and revisit all these wonderful places and learn them first-hand. One day, perhaps. :-)