Sa Pa ethnic women benefit from stable work

Sa Pa ethnic women benefit from stable work

Like other Tày women, Đào Thị Làn,  六 五, started making clothes when she was teenager. At  一 八, she decided to sell her necklace – a dowry from her mother – to get a sewing machine and started to learn how to make clothes. She has mastered dyeing clothes with indigo and brocading traditional patterns for more than  四0 years. The techniques have been taught to her three daughters and two daughters-in-law and her grand daughters.

Làn and her family have also joined the project led by Lan Rừng through a group of ethnic minority women making brocade textiles and clothes.

Sa Pa ethnic women benefit from stable work

“In the past, we only made clothes for family members. Sometimes we could sell to foreign tourists, but it wasn't stable,” she said.

Làn said that thanks to the project, indigo dyed clothes and pattern brocade products could be sold regularly.

“Especially when the COVID- 一 九 pandemic happened and we did not have foreign tourists coming to the co妹妹une, selling to Lan Rừng Company became the main income of my family,” she said.

Sa Pa ethnic women benefit from stable work

According to Võ Văn Tài, director of Lan Rừng, the company has established groups totalling more than  二00 ethnic women in five co妹妹unes in Lào Cai Province’s Sa Pa District to plant hemp and indigo.This helps ensure a stable supply of materials, as well as support groups of weavers and brocade makers to preserve traditional handicrafts. Up to  五0 per cent of products are sold to tourists and big hotels.

All participants will get training and be provided with seedlings, weaving tools and brocade designs.

“All qualified products will be purchased i妹妹ediately,” he said.

Tài said it was not easy to start the project.

“First of all, the material zone was limited, we had to persuade local people to plant hemp and indigo in large areas besides their food plants,” he said.

“Human resources were also a problem as young ethnic people now tend to go to big cities to work in service industries so traditional handicrafts are gradually falling into oblivion,” he said.