Natural Dyeing with Thao
  • Hanoi, Vietnam
  • 36 hours over 6 days

Natural Dyeing with Thao

From the bustling streets of Hanoi to the rugged landscape of rural Vietnam, learn traditional dyeing & weaving with Vietnam’s leading textile designer. Harvest indigo, make dyes, then weave & dye your own textiles alongside indigenous ethnic minority women, all in the stunning Cao Bang province.
  • Hotel in a small town near the Nung Village (about 15 minute drive)
  • Private Taxi
  • Day in the countryside
  • Material - 5 Meters

Pricing

One Guest
USD $1920
Additional guest(s) (max 4)
USD $1085

Accommodation

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Additional guest(s)
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Meet the Artist

Vu Thao is a clothing designer who seamlessly merges contemporary silhouettes with traditional Vietnamese techniques of natural dyeing, beeswax printing, hand quilting and embroidery. She collaborates with ethnic minority women from the northern mountains of Vietnam to grow and produce natural dyes from indigo, yam and magenta plants – and fibers from organic cotton and hemp – then weaves her own fabrics for her designs. For buttons and other trimmings, she uses natural materials like nuts, wood, coal, stone, bamboo and bone. She finds design inspiration in her eclectic collection of traditional costumes, natural materials and indigenous artifacts that fill her studio. Sophisticated and stylish, Thao is a self-confessed culture lover.

Learn

  • 6 days in Cao Bang, an artisanal village north of Hanoi
  • Working with ethnic women learning the indigo dyeing process.
  • Understanding how to grow indigo, green tea and other natural roots.
  • Making dyes.
  • Pre-dye process.
  • Different dyeing process for different roots and pigments.
  • Your handwoven & hand-dyed samples up to 5 metres long. 

Explore Hanoi

Hanoi is a complex city. The old characteristics blend with modern vibes. Aged buildings stand next to contemporary towers. What makes Hanoi a unique capital is the vibrant street life: busy traffic with motorbikes, fresh fruit & flower vendors, and, of course, the dense flavors of street food. Wander the streets and let your senses be awakened by the shocking colors of fresh flowers, the lingering smells of grilled meats and exhaust, and the shouts of vendors marketing their wares. Although the city is expanding, Hanoi still remains a city of villages. You can easily find many hidden gems in the busiest part of the city, such as the oldest coffee shop tucked in a deep alley, or traditional handmade paper shops, blacksmiths, silversmiths, wood stamp makers, and traditional medicine shops in the Old Quarter.

Additional Details

The artisanal village of Cao Bang is a 8-hour drive from Hanoi with countryside views, plenty of fresh vegetables and traditional dishes. This experience includes private taxi from Hanoi to Cao Bang and hotel accommodation in Nung village, a small town 15min. drive from Cao Bang. Please note that Thao's VAWAA cannot be booked during heavy rain season (Dec - Feb) as it is difficult to access the fields.

Guest Reviews

8
  • M., Singapore

    I had an amazing time on this trip not only learning about the natural dye processes but also about the (incredibly sophisticated!) local craft traditions and way of life. Thao is a wonderful host, very generously sharing her expertise and design ideas, and also her drive and philosophy. The experience was definitely something special. More than just a beautiful memory or a new skill learnt, it waRead more

  • Andrew, United States

    Traveling with my friend Josh, our trip began with a long and scenic cab drive from Hanoi to Cao Bang, after a pleasant studio visit with Thao and her family. The day after our arrival, we ate delicious duck Pho for breakfast and had a short motorbike to the home and studio of the Phuc Sen Handicraft Group. Every time we traveled from the city to the country, I was completely amazed by the sceneryRead more

  • Patricia, Mexico

    Thank you for your platform I think that it's opening a completely new horizon about traveling. As I've said before I was hooked by the artists, their qualities, statements, trajectories, cultures, and by the new approach about moving and learning about human beings, their doings, expression and craftsmanship.

  • Julia, United States

    Vu's work is beautiful, and learning about natural dyeing is one of the first steps in our journey to learn more and more about sustainable and organic fabrics and clothing production. My fondest memory was when we were heading back to the village and she veered off the main road onto a field. I was on the second motorbike, and we followed. She saw some of the other ladies she works with herding tRead more

  • Sophie, United Kingdom

    I had a fabulous time with Thao.

  • Ainhoa,

    I passed memorable days with Thao sharing our days with the women in the little village of Cao Bang, not far from the Chinese border. The experience was wonderful, not only because the magic of the indigo process, but by the experience of living the calm and simplicity of the traditional way of life, spending a week leaving in a rural area with out any burden imposed on us by the western life. GoiRead more

  • Tuyet, Vietnam

    It has been a hands-on experience in terms of interacting with a wider community of craftsman and having an opportunity to try learn and create something of my own. Thao was great and I remember her asking me questions about what I wanted to explore most in order to personalize/customize the experience.

  • Michela, Vietnam

    Totally, and I feel particularly lucky to have been the only participant to this first trip. Although I didn't know Thao very well, I felt like I was taking a holiday with a friend. Being introduced to the Nung ladies (and their living environment) Thao is working with was an amazing experience!

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