Visit to: Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Vietnam
Words & photos by Magali An Berthon
Aside from the majority Kinh Viet ethnic group who make up around 85% of Vietnam’s population, the country is home to 53 other ethnic minority groups, spread across the country from north to south. The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi is designed to promote awareness of this cultural diversity. The Museum exhibits ethnic crafts, sacred objects and antiquities, including an array of traditional textiles and costumes. Natural dyeing, hemp and cotton spinning, embroidery stitching, weaving, patterns and symbols are all documented in great detail. Photographs, scenography, video and audio tapes are woven in through interactive displays for a truly immersive experience. Each ethnic group has its own language, traditions, costumes and skills, and the Museum of Ethnology helps you to understand their differences and similarities. A Flower Hmong woman does not dress the same way as a Red Dao, a Lo Lo or a Thai woman. A visit to the Museum is recommended as a precursor to travelling in Northern Vietnam’s hill tribe areas. View the full article on Tissus & Artisans Du Monde.