Tan Chau - The Hometown of Silk Masterpiece in Vietnam
by Top Mekong Cruises Feb 12, 2017
Tan Chau is situated in An Giang Province. This town is well-known for its high quality silk which is considered as “Queen” of silk. Coming to this silk making village definitely makes you feel like take a step back in time of industrial revolution.
Things to See and Do in Tan Chau
Paying a visit to this village is a good way to approach to the rural life. It absolutely allows you to have new experiences with friendly and honest people. You also meet children who give you smiles, wave their hands and say hello to welcome you although they do not know much about English.
Besides going sightseeing, you can see the daily activities in the places where the locals make silk. To weavers, silk is a handicraft production and the making process is quite sophisticated. It takes the weavers 20 days to a month to create a nice silk batch and it has high demand for the weather. Particularly, if you dry silk in a harsh sunlight instead of soft sunlight the silk surface will be unsmooth.
Thus, if you are interested in this product, you shouldn’t miss the chance to visit Tan Chau silk village. Coming here you can enrich your knowledge about the materials, stages of making silk by hand. Moreover, the skillful craftsmen working with looms surely will make you fully appreciate the value of Tan Chau’s silk.
Significant History Events of Tan Chau
Tan Chau was formed in 1757. It once was known as the largest province in Chau Doc. However, in 1968 it was separated from Chau Doc and has become a part of An Giang province since then. It gains nice fame for softness and beautiful silk, especially “My A” silk which is handmade with the best materials and complex process.
Back to the past, the locals only used the local fruit “mac nua” to make the dye which is black as well as not faint for a long time and much labor for making silk, which led to its high price. After 1975 this product of Tan Chau is generally not used much by people because there were polyester and Chinese silk being cheaper and having more colors than silk from Tan Chau. It seems that this kind of silk will slowly disappear. However, because of the development of fashion and demand for high quality products this brand of silk generally returns to the daily markets. Moreover, thanks to finding several dying techniques, the locals can make silk with varieties in color beside the traditional black color to meet demand of domestic and international customers.
It can be said that Tan Chau weavers has passed a long journey to remain the traditional and precious value for Vietnamese in the modern life. Thus, exploring this unique craft village definitely will satisfy your expectation about a memorable trip.
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