Nha xa silk
20:36 | 20/03/2014
VGP – Located near the Yen Lenh Bridge crossing the Red River, linking the two provinces of Hung Yen and Ha Nam, Nha Xa Village in Moc Nam Commune, Duy Tien District, Ha Nam Province is well known for silk weaving and its silk is ranked second only after Van Phuc silk in Ha Noi.

Silk scarves, one of the famous products of Nha Xa Village - Photo: VNP

Legend has it that the village’s craft founder was Price Nhan Hue Tran Khanh, a talented general in the Tran Dynasty. During a trip on the Red River, he taught people in the village how to catch fish on the river for breeding, to plant mulberry, to raise silkworms and to weave silk. Since then, the silk weaving craft in Nha Xa Village has been handed down from generation to generation.

During the early 20th century, Nha Xa silk products were available in many provinces and cities, nationwide and ranked second only after Van Phuc silk in Ha Noi. Although facing tremendous difficulties in production and looking for markets, the villagers have made great effort to preserve their traditional craft.

Visiting the village on an asphalt road today, we saw a bustling working atmosphere with the sounds of power-looms in households. The village has undergone great changes.

According to Nguyen Hong Tien, Chairman of Nha Xa Village’s Silk Craft Association, 90% of households and 800 people are engaging in the craft. The whole village has about 200 power-looms. Some households have a production line with 4-5 power-looms which operate at full capacity. Many large workshops have dozens of weaving machines, including ones specializing in production high quality products to provide to Ha Noi, Hue, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City, and export to Laos and Thailand.

Pham Thi ha, the owner of Hoat Ha Workshop in the village, said that due to the unstable market in recent years her workshops and others have faced tremendous difficulties in looking for markets to sell their products. To meet the demand of customers, they make different products of high quality, such as tussore, satin and flax.

The craft now not only have developed in the village but also in other neighboring areas such as Lanh Tri, Chuyen Ngoai, Hoa Mac and Dong Van, providing jobs for hundreds of households. Despite the ups and downs, the craft has been preserved by the villagers who always desire to introduce their products to not only the domestic but also to foreign markets./. - VNP

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