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The Families Preserving Vietnam’s Traditional Dong Ho Art Folk Art (Video)

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Dong Ho, a traditional Vietnamese folk art, almost met its demise due to the ravages of war. Once a staple in home decor during the Vietnamese New Year, the intricate paintings were nearly lost to history. However, against all odds, one family has kept the art form alive. In Dong Ho village, just two family lines remain dedicated to creating these colorful masterpieces, painting each piece by hand using ancient techniques. Through their unwavering commitment to preserving this treasured art form, the legacy of Dong Ho lives on, providing a window into the rich cultural heritage of Vietnam.

Top image: Dong Ho painting. Public domain.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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