Dong Thap scarf weaving recognised as national intangible cultural heritage
Update: Aug 04, 2023
The People's Committee of Hong Ngu District, Dong Thap Province, held a ceremony on August 2 to receive the decision of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism on recognising the traditional scarf weaving of Long Khanh A Commune as part of the nation’s intangible cultural heritage.

Secretary of the Dong Thap Provincial Party Committee Le Quoc Phong awarded the decision and the certificate of recognition as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage to the craft of traditional scarf weaving in Long Khanh A Commune.

The chequered scarves are closely associated with the working and daily lives of the local people and are a cultural symbol of the Mekong Delta region.

The scarf weaving village of Long Khanh A has been established and developed over the past 100 years. Through many ups and downs, this profession has continued to be maintained to this day. Currently, there are around 60 production households, with 150 looms, creating jobs for more than 300 local workers.

Every year, the craft village produces and supplies more than 5 million scarves for domestic and foreign markets.

The people here have constantly improved and created, combining traditional and modern elements to create products suitable for market needs.

The scarf is both a product for the people's daily life and also a typical tourist gift product of Hong Ngu District in particular and Dong Thap Province in general.

In 2014, the scarves produced in Long Khanh A craft village were recognised by the People's Committee of Dong Thap Province as typical rural industrial products at the provincial level.

Along with the traditional scarf products, the craft village also diversified its products to include items such as shirts, ao dai, bags, hats, and ties.

Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Dong Thap Province Nguyen Phuoc Thien speaks at the ceremony.

Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Dong Thap Province Nguyen Phuoc Thien said that Long Khanh A Commune's scarf weaving profession being included in the list of national intangible cultural heritage is the joy, honour, and pride of the Dong Thap people, meeting both the aspirations and expectations of the people of the craft village.

It is a recognition of the labour results of generations of artisans who have tried their best to preserve and promote the cultural values of this land.

Nguyen Phuoc Thien suggested that the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Dong Thap and other sectors and localities in the province should urgently devise solutions to preserve and promote the value of cultural heritage, in which, it is necessary to connect cultural heritage with tourism development.

The Provincial Department of Education and Training was also urged to coordinate with relevant units to deploy educational activities associated with cultural heritage in the province, bringing the core values of cultural heritage closer to students.

NDO - - August 3, 2023