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The home of these Vietnamese silk lanterns is Hoi An, south of Vietnam (just 28 km to the Southeast of Danang City.) Hoi An is a world cultural heritage site and was one of the major trading centers of Southeast Asia in the 16-17th century. Merchant boats from Arabian countries and China came to Hoi An to trade. Hoi An has long been a cultural crossroads where Japanese, Chinese, Dutch, Indian traders set up their emporiums or established their own quarters for permanent habitation. Today, this enchanting town is a living museum dedicated to the past.
Asian Silk Lantern trade has a rich, long history in Vietnam. In ancient times, Vietnamese people made lamps out of shallow bowls filled with oil and from the bamboo fish trap. Later, in 1700s foreign traders introduced lanterns, ranging from round and hexagonal designs from China to diamond and star shaped ones from Japan. Vietnamese people really transformed them into very charming and beautiful lanterns with vietnamese silk materials. Hoi An lanterns come in various sizes and shapes, from normal round lanterns to diamond shape. Hoi An people are very proud of their lanterns. They have to use the old bamboo soaked about ten-day in salt water to protect against insects, then dried and shaped. Cloth must be silk and must be tough enough for stretching. The lantern making process requires the good skills and a lot of patience. The material are natural 100% silk (from silk worm made in Vietnam), bamboo frames and matching tassels. The colors, the shapes and the patterns on silk are meaningful. These beautiful handmade silk lanterns are the combination between the beauty of vietnamese silk and the talent of vietnamese people.
Hoi An's old-fashioned charm is always visible. On the 15th of every lunar month modernity takes another step back. On these evenings the town turns off its street lamps and fluorescent lights, leaving the Old Quarter bathed in the warm glow of color silk lanterns. Lanterns are hanging on the altar of each Hoi An family. They have the beautiful Chinese word that is the name of each clan or the three famous words: Hapiness, Fortune and Longevity. Lanterns light up every corner of the town when there are the traditional opera performances, poem readings and chess competitions during monthly full moon Festivals. The lanterns really bring the great charm to this ancient town.
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