Vietnam is a hotbed of handicraft innovation, thanks to the abundance of natural materials available. Rockhill Asia is excited to share our new report on the top 4 handicraft materials in #Vietnam.
In the first part of the report, we focus on bamboo, a remarkable plant with a long history in Vietnam. Bamboo is the fastest-growing plant on Earth and can be harvested without destroying the plant. This makes it a sustainable and eco-friendly handicraft material. Bamboo is a rapidly renewable resource, making it a favored choice for ethical and eco-conscious endeavors.
Rattan, a climbing palm thriving abundantly in the lush forests of Vietnam, is a renewable resource that can be harvested without harming the environment. The responsible sourcing and production of rattan not only helps preserve the natural habitat but also supports the local communities. With its natural strength, durability, and flexibility, Rattan is a popular handicraft material choice for furniture, baskets, and even musical instruments. By supporting sustainable rattan practices, we contribute to forest conservation, reduce our carbon footprint, and promote fair trade practices.
Thriving in Vietnam's coastal waters, seagrass is a flowering plant that offers a sanctuary for marine life by providing both shelter and sustenance to a variety of sea creatures. As a sustainable handicraft material that is renewable and biodegradable, seagrass can be harvested without harming the seagrass meadows that it grows in. In Vietnam, seagrass has been traditionally harvested by hand using small boats and nets, followed by sun-drying before being woven into various wonderful handicraft products.
Seagrass offers a wide variety of products that cater to both functional and aesthetic needs. Due to its natural water resistance feature, seagrass-made products, such as baskets, mats, and placemats, can be placed anywhere without the concern of water damage or degradation. Whether it's in your lovely garden or bathroom, seagrass adds a touch of eco-friendly elegance anywhere you go.
Rockhill Asia has been coordinating closely with handicraft factories that has BSCI and commit to sustainability, with competitive prices as of Vietnam’s strength in natural materials and intensive labor. We also offer product development and make samples, in order to meet with customer requirements.
4. Water Hyacinth
In our final spotlight, we explore Vietnam's incredible handicraft material Water Hyacinth - a local favorite that never fails to impress!
These fast-growing aquatic plants are widely abundant in the South of Vietnam. Water Hyacinths act as natural purifiers, cleansing the water by absorbing toxins and providing a habitat for diverse aquatic life. They're truly nature's own waterkeepers!
In Vietnam, Water Hyacinths aren't just a natural wonder but also a source of inspiration for the thriving handicraft and furniture industry. This pliable plant can be used to make a variety of housewares. Unlike the rustic style of seagrass, after drying, the stalks of water hyacinth turn a golden-brown color, which gives a delicate, soft, and spongy texture and adds ideal earthy tones to many woven products such as baskets, trays, placemats, and planters.