Tradition village and silk shop Hoi An – Silk Hoi An

Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Silk Hoi An | 0 comments

Tradition village and silk shop Hoi An – Silk Hoi An

Tradition village of silk Hoi An

While Kim Bong and Thanh Ha have become hugely popular with tour groups over the more recent years, the Hoi An Silk Village is also a great place to visit when you arrive to the ancient town of Hoi An. Set on a huge two-hectare plot on the outskirts of town, Hoi An Silk Village is a charming development of old Hoi An houses each showcasing its own stage of the silk production, from silk worm breeding to the end product, which is metres and metres of the softest Champa silk you could possibly lay hands on.


People have known the process of making silk for a long time ago in Vietnam and although it has a vibrant history that is shrouded in mystery, archaeologists have also dated its existence back. As few knew how it was precisely made back in those early times, silk Hoi An fast became a commodity more valuable than gold and at one point was even used as currency in China. In 30BC, the Roman government tried banning silk as they were concerned about the amount of gold and silver pouring out of Rome in its exchange. Silk had become the more prized asset.


Hoi An’s role in silk production dates back many centuries, but the production boom did not occur until the 16th century, when China – the biggest silk producer in the world – banned foreign trade and the famous Maritime Silk Road, which linked traders from around the globe, was established with Hoi An at its centre.


For the Vietnamese, a windfall of silk trade commenced, as China applied the embargo policy just as the demand for silk had peaked. At the same time, Japan desperately needed high quality silk for their royal court in addition to war materials for their army. Silk had become the most sought after luxury item traded across the Eurasian continent and all the trade was taking place in Hoi An’s harbours.


As demand peaked, local crafts people formed guilds and established craft villages specializing in the production of the more popular items. Kim Bong became renowned for its woodwork, Thanh Ha for its pottery and Ma Chau for silk. Each and every one of these villages is still active today.


Ma Chau and also back then Dong Len village were producing some of the best quality silks available outside of China and began supplying their wares to the aristocrat and Mandarin classes, with over two hundred households working away on old wooden looms trying to keep up with the demand. Silk soon became the most popular exported merchandise and Hoi An silk became famous as one of the best silk producers and Bi hanh tailor is one of the best silk shop in Hoi An. Over the subsequent years, the demand decreased, when China once again opened its doors to foreign trade and Faifo’s river silted over. Hence Hoi An’s part as the busiest trading port was abruptly bought to an end and Dong Yen, which in its hay day had grown more than 160 hectares of Mulberries took its craftsmen and emigrated south to Bay Hien leaving Ma Chau as the only silk producing village left in the Quang Nam province.


The village also has a 300 year old Champa and Vietnamese Mulberry Garden and offers visitors both morning and afternoon tours explaining the art of silk production from Mulberry cultivation onwards with the highlight being the opportunity to see both Champa and Vietnamese artists reeling, spinning and weaving silk using traditional techniques passed down through the generations. At the end of each tour you get the chance to peruse their main shop and take home your own beautifully woven piece of history.

Silk shop Hoi An

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There are many silk providers in Hoi An where the traveler can visit to experience more about history of this ancient town, especially history about silk Hoi An, you can also get something made from Hoi An silk as souvenir and Bi Hanh tailor, a silk shop Hoi An located at 53 Tran Hung Dao street is a good place for your reference.

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