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Craft workshop – traditional paper masks – FULL

September 28, 2019 @ 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

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We visit the last remaining artisan family in the Old Quarter still making traditional papier-mâché masks.  Learn some interesting facts of this craft, how they are made and the different painted images.  Each mask has its own story leading us into a world of Vietnamese fairy tales and literature. The papier-mâché painted masks have long been part of the ups and downs of North Vietnam’s history, remaining an important element in our culture, not only during mid-autumn but also as part of many other festivals.

Detailed programme:

8:45am: meet at 72 Hang Than (the intersection of Quan Thanh and Hang Than Street). We then go together to the artisans’ house inside alley 73 Hang Than

9:00am: workshop begins. Select 2 mask designs you wish to decorate, following the introduction and instruction of the artisans. Paint the pre-made made masks. The artisans show us how the masks are made, talk about the history of these masks, the importance during festivals etc. They are passionate about keeping alive this dying craft.

11:00am: masks complete we have a group photo with our masks and bid farewell to artisans.


1.       Participation fee includes: 2 papier-mâché masks each, water colour paint and paint brushes, donation to the artisans

2.       If you come by our own vehicle (bike, motorbike), please park nearby before meeting at 72 Hang Than as no parking is available at the artisans’ house

3.       Max 15 people

4.      A fun workshop for both adults and children

Vietnamese instruction with English interpretation RSVP to Phuong Anh via this link: https://forms.gle/EvDvXz97CiPUiGGk8

Donation: 250,000/adults & 150,000/children under 15s

Venue: 73 Hang Than street

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September 28, 2019
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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