With skillful hands plus the brains and aesthetic eyes of industrious workers in Ninh Van stone village near Tam Coc Ninh Binh are still engrossed in sculpting and crafting stone slabs. inanimate giant to become a work of art instilling sophisticated art into the stone. Ninh Van stone craft village existed about 400 years ago, to create soulful and unique works requires skilled workers, passion for the profession, well adapted to the harsh working environment, In this stone carving village, women who work in Ninh Van fine art stone carving always use a towel to cover their face to avoid stone dust and hot sun.
According to the elders, in the past, Ninh Van stone village was famous for making stone statues for the Citadel and temples in Hoa Lu near Tam Coc Ninh Binh, from the reigns of Kings Dinh (968 – 980) and Tien Le (980 – 1009). Up to today, Ninh Van stone handicraft village also has a history of formation and development for thousands of years. The imprint of the talented hands of the artisans of NinhVan fine art village left on the exquisitely crafted stone blocks, in famous works such as Phat Diem stone church, Khai Dinh mausoleum, Ba Chua mausoleum. Willow, the statue of Mother Sut in Quang Binh, the monument of ten girls at the junction of Dong Loc (Ha Tinh), the cluster of monuments of Mother Fatherland in Ho Chi Minh City… Initially, stone craftsmen made products. simply serve crops such as mortars, mills, rollers, etc. Gradually, the products are diversified and richer. Divided into product group for daily life, group for fine art stone carving and group for spiritual needs.
A special feature in Ninh Binh is that the Ninh Van stone handicraft village gate has a massive scale, made of large black and blue stone blocks, finely carved. This stone gate work of Ninh Van craft village near Tam Coc Ninh Binh is currently the most monumental work in Ninh Binh with an amount of more than ten billion dong, most of which is from the state budget.
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