Update: 20:16 | 20/11/2018
Bronze casting in Che Dong village in the central province of Thanh Hoa has officially received a certification recognizing it as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage, making it the seventh local heritage to receive the title in the country.
The traditional handicraft and trade of Che Dong village have existed for thousands of years and have been preserved and promoted to this day.
Artisans from various workshops in Che Dong Village show off their bronze casting skills.
The trade comprises a sophisticated technical process involving many stages, each of which uses different techniques like molding, mixing the compound, heating
Experience is often passed down through families and kept secret from other villages. This is why Che Dong village is the only place in Thanh Hoa province that has preserved the art.
All the bronze items they make are meticulously crafted by hand.
Local artisans create items of worship, jars and particularly drums. They created the biggest bronze drum in Vietnam at 1.21m high in 2007, and then the biggest bronze drum in the world which weighs around eight tonnes and is two meters high in 2013.
The artisans in Che Dong village also cast 100 bronze drums as a tribute to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of Hanoi in 2010.
Thanks to these outstanding achievements, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism issued the decision to bestow the title on September 4.
Addressing a ceremony held on Saturday to mark the recognition, vice chairman of the Thanh Hoa provincial People’s Committee Pham Dang Quyen affirmed that the recognition brought both honor and pride to the villagers and people of Thanh Hoa.
Also at the ceremony, artisans showed off their skills to attendees.
According to the Thieu Trung communal People’s Commune, 132 households in the commune were maintaining the traditional trade, but only 15 households at a professional level, concentrated mainly in Che Dong village.