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Natural Dyeing with Thao
- Hotel in a small town near the Nung Village (about 15 minute drive)
- Private Taxi
- Day in the countryside
- Material - 5 Meters
- One Guest
- USD $1920
- Additional guest(s) (max 4)
- USD $1085
- One Guest
- Additional guest(s)
Meet the Artist
- 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.
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
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.
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
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.
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!