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A Vietnamese Adventure: PART 2

Our next day trip saw Hoai drive us a little further out to an old primary school which has now been transformed into the screen-printing workshop of a talented local husband and wife duo. They gave us a tour of their working space and talked us through the process they use to bring our pattern designs to life. Again, it was really useful to gain a greater understanding of how this technique is achieved as it will definitely help when creating future screen-printed designs.

The screen-printing team in action...

Next up was a trip that took us a little further out of Hanoi and into the Vietnamese countryside where, after around two and a half hours of driving, we reached our destination of the Scarf Village! This place really was an Aladdin’s cave of scarves with every colour imaginable piled high and we learnt that each one is dyed by hand using pigments derived purely from natural materials that are all completely environmentally friendly. Having seen the scarf production in action, we’re looking forward to getting started on some new designs!

Employees from the Scarf Village, Ali, Sophie and myself modelling some scarves and the dyeing area...

Whilst on this day trip we quickly realised that, as the roads are so narrow and winding, motorbikes seem to be the most popular mode of transport for getting around the village. It was a great experience but I’m not too sure I’ll be getting back on a motorbike any time soon!

Riding the motorbikes...