A day as a Paper-making Artisan

Suoi Co, Hoa Binh

7 hours

Immersive learning
Children friendly
Arts & Crafts
Hands-on workshop

Light

Booking in advance

About this experience

Do paper is used for making the famous Dong Ho folk paintings. Aside from its traditional value, Do paper gained its popularity because of its durability, toughness, and delicate patterns unique to each surface.

Do paper production is still practiced in some Vietnamese villages and kept to the ancient techniques passed down through generations. However, the industrialization of paper-making posed a great threat to this traditional form of art. In order to preserve this practice, this project took the initiative to use Do in more modern products such as postcards, notebooks, and other decorative products.

In this activity, you will have chance to discover many interesting things behind this long-lasting paper craft and, you will learn about the beauty lying under rustic yet sophisticated woven fibers of Do paper.

  • Learning through the whole process of making Do paper from the scratch

  • Working with craftsmen from the Muong ethnic minority in the North of Vietnam.

  • Making your own paper with creativity and decorating your work with flowers, leaves or plants.

  • Obtaining an insight of the livelihood of Muong ethnic minority in the North of Vietnam.

Your positive contribution

Reviving the dying art

As Vietnam has developed, many of its traditions have steadily declined and are on the verge of fading from people’s memories. This project aims to revive people’s interest in the traditional materials like Do paper and get them to learn more about Vietnamese folk arts. In addition to traditional value, you will also contribute to the local economy by trading products made by ethnic and rural women in this projects. We pledge that our artisans are paid properly according to their products’s worthiness, thus the livelihood improvement. 

Your itinerary

Standard program

* Price: starting from $30/pax. For inquiries and best price, please contact us.

* Trip calendar: we have scheduled our trips for April, May and June. Please choose the most suitable date for you and your loved ones.
– April 15th & 29th
– May 13th & 27th
– June 10th & 24th

If you wish to book private trip, give us a request 2 days in advance.

* Note:
– Children under the age of 4 can join the tour free-of-charge (under parental care)
– Children aged 4 – 9 will enjoy 50% discount.
– Price quoted is exclusive of VAT

* Completed program:

8.00 a.m.         Pick up at the Hotel

8.15 a.m.         Departure from picking up point, arriving in paper making village in Suoi Co

9.30 a.m.         Warm welcome from villagers.
                          Introduce Zó project and paper-making history
                          Explain paper-making process and practice making paper with Artisans.

10.30 a.m.       Make your own paper workshop then bring your work home.

12.30 p.m.       Lunch break

2.00 p.m.         Resting and walking around the village

3.00 p.m.         Come back to Hanoi

Included

✓ Pick-up/drop-off transportation

Local lunch at the village

✓ Artisan’s guidance 

✓ English translator

✓ All entrance fees

✓ All activities as listed in the itinerary

✓ Tools and materials used during the workshop

✓ A walking tour to get introduced to the village

Drinking water and snack during trip

Self made Do paper as souvenir 

Not included

✘ Personal expense (extra drinks and snacks)

✘ Extra activities (not included in the itinerary)

Extra Do paper products that are not included in the trip’s description

✘ Tips via personal support to the community fund

Facilitator in other languages available upon request

Logistical Information

  • Starting time: 8.00 a.m at your hotel’s hall. If you’re late, please kindly let us know 30 mins in advance for coordination
  • What to bring:
    • Clothing: comfortable and light clothes and shoes
    • Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, umbrella (in case of rain)
    • We encourage our guests to bring reusable water bottles during their trip
    • Leave your valuable jewelry / belongings home; only bring enough money for the day.

What's the weather like?

  • Hoa Binh is a mountainous province of northwestern Vietnam, 73 km west of Hanoi capital, bordered by Phu Tho province on the north, Ha Nam and Ninh Binh provinces on the south, Hanoi on the east, Son La and Thanh Hoa provinces on the west. 
  • Hoa Binh province lies in the tropical monsoon climate zone: cold in winter with less rain and hot with much rain in the summer. The average temperature is over 23°C.
  • Hoa Binh’s climate is divided into two distinctive seasons: the wet and the dry. The wet season lasts from May to the end of October. Average rainfall in the rainy season is estimated at 1,700 – 2,500 mm. The dry season begins in November and ends in April, with annual average rainfall of 150-250mm.

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