Water hyacinth knitting abroad in Ninh Binh

Water hyacinth stems, through the skillful hands of craftsmen in Kim Son district near Tam Coc Ninh Binh, have become

Water hyacinth stems, through the skillful hands of craftsmen in Kim Son district near Tam Coc Ninh Binh, have become an export fine art product with high economic value. When the traditional craft of weaving sedge mats for hundreds of years in Kim Son district gradually disappeared, craftsmen found a new direction. The production of handicrafts with water hyacinth materials not only gives high income but also keeps the traditional knitting profession, so people develop.

Water hyacinth…

Water hyacinth (another name is water hyacinth or Loc Binh) is an aquatic plant, woody, living floating on the river surface. Each mature water hyacinth plant is usually 60-90 cm long. After harvesting, workers will cut off the roots and leaves and then dry them in the sun to make raw materials for knitting export items. Although water hyacinth grows all year round, the drying process can only be done in the dry season, so many people have to spend a whole month cutting water hyacinth to dry and store knitting during the year. Ms. Luu Thi Bich (40 years old, Xuan Thien commune near Tam Coc Ninh Binh) soaks in water for 8 hours a day to pick up duckweed in the canals near her house. To prevent skin diseases and avoid “eating” the skin, Ms. Bich must wear raincoats, gloves and cover her face.

Water hyacinth knitting technique is simpler than mat weaving, including basic styles such as knitting rice grains, knitting herringbone and knitting spider webs. “Depending on the product, different knitting patterns are used. For example, the herringbone style is often used to knit carpets, while knitting shelves for newspapers and magazines, the rice grain pattern is used,” said Ms. Hoa. According to a representative of Kim Son District Chamber of Industry and Trade near Tam Coc Ninh Binh, 100% of villages and communes in the district participate in making handicraft products from sedge and water hyacinth with annual revenue of over 200 billion VND.

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