Thu. May 19th, 2022

The People’s Committee of Bac Ninh province has approved a project worth
nearly 60 billion VND (2.86 million USD) to preserve its signature Dong
Ho folk painting, which is on the brink of falling into oblivion.

From
now to 2016, the province will spend 2.1 billion VND (100,000 USD) on
reviving and developing this type of paintings, which is among the
northern locality’s finest properties.

A centre will also be set up by 2020 at a cost of 50 billion VND (2.38 million USD) to preserve and uphold their values.

Notably,
Bac Ninh will compile a dossier seeking for the UNESCO’s recognition of
the genre as part of the intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent
protection. The work will be carried out between now and 2016, using
7.8 billion VND (371,400 USD).

In the short term, the province
will make an in-depth study of the genre’s values, examine its current
state, and forecast risks of oblivion, thus creating a database for the
dossier.

The project is implemented by the provincial Department
of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Thuan Thanh People’s Committee, and
the Vietnam Institute of Culture and Arts Studies.

Dong Ho
painting is a form of woodcut prints originating from Dong Ho village,
now Dong Khe hamlet, in Song Ho commune, Thuan Thanh district.

Traditionally, craftsmen used raw materials from nature, making sheets
of printing paper from the bark of the “do” (poonah) tree and creating
colours from earth, burnt bamboo leaves and sea shells.

Dong Ho
painting reflects a wide range of themes, especially good luck wishes,
historical figures, and folk allegories. In the past, it was part of the
essential decorations in each Vietnamese house during the traditional
Tet (Lunar New Year) festival.

According to villagers, the
painting dates back to the 11th century during the Ly dynasty
(1009-1225). However, researchers believe the craft began under the rule
of the Le dynasty (1428-1788).-VNA

By vivian