Vietnamese silk has the best foundation with a long tradition of silk weaving, a vast raw material area, and a rare amount of high quality silk.
For thousands of years, silk is a handmade product that has been associated with the development history of the Vietnamese. From the time My Nuong Thieu Hoa – the daughter of the 6th Hung King, taught people to grow mulberries, raise silkworms, and weave silk. years of ups and downs, sometimes prosperous, sometimes down, but still Vietnamese silk has never lost the value of the best silk in Southeast Asia.
Vietnamese Silk – The best silk in Southeast Asia
Vietnamese Silk is natural silk with soft, smooth, noble material, catching shine, absorbing sweat, cool in summer, warm in winter, durable over time. the surface is dry and free of seams, even if there are folds, just hang it straight up and it will be smooth again.
During the feudal period, Vietnamese silk was listed as a tribute, used exclusively for kings and mandarins, aristocrats, and a high-quality product to build diplomatic relations with neighboring countries. Especially in the Ly-Tran dynasties, growing mulberry, raising silkworms, weaving silk, was focused on developing by kings. Vietnamese silk has surprised the Chinese emissaries in terms of quality and sophistication. Silk production is elevated to a self-reliant value of the nation, independent of Northern silk sources, and is an important economic sector of the country.
Archaeological findings from the 15th century have shown that Vietnam is a link in the maritime silk road, with Hoi An being an important trading port for silk from Cochinchina to China, Japan and other countries. Europe. In 1618, when missionary Christoforo Borri came to Cua Han, he wrote: “The Cochinchinese people not only provided silk for their needs, but also supplied it to Japan and brought it to the Kingdom of Laos from where people moved to the West. Tibet, because this type of silk is not as fine as Chinese silk, but much stronger. Every year, ships from Japan, Portugal, the Netherlands… come here to buy raw silk and other kinds of silk, especially Chinese ships usually only buy raw silk. The Japanese came to Cochinchina first because of the silk…”
Then the war destroyed the mulberry fields, destroyed silkworms, and looms, causing Vietnamese silk to fall into a dark age. The artisans are passionate about their craft, always struggling with silkworms, and the cocoon is still doing their best to keep the job swinging through the years.
To this day, the following generations are still attached to the traditional profession, combining traditional production experience with advanced technology, creating Vietnamese silk products of superior quality compared to other Vietnamese silk products. countries in the region. Vietnam is in the group of 6 largest silk producing countries in the world, with the 3rd position in Asia, only after China and India.
The General Secretary of the World Silk Association, Mr. Fei Jianming, affirmed: “Among Southeast Asian countries, the Vietnamese silk industry has the best foundation with thousands of years old craft villages. Vietnam exports more silk than Japan and China, and exports more raw silk than Cambodia and Thailand…”
Designer Minh Hanh also shared: “Recently, when I brought my collection to introduce in Switzerland with the main materials of Vietnamese brocade and silk, I received very positive feedback. Many Swiss people have compared the traditional silk of Vietnam to the silk of the world’s leading fashion brands.
Historical data, factual figures, and the affirmations of highly qualified people have all proven that Vietnamese silk with its own identity has gone far beyond Southeast Asia.
However, the Vietnamese silk brand is still very faint on the world map, still a silent shadow behind other big brands. That is not only the concern of those who make Vietnamese silk, but also those who love traditional values and have national pride.
About ten years ago, Bao Loc – Silk Capital of Vietnam has “revived” and is developing strongly, with the same desire to revive pure Vietnamese silk in the country, and honor Vietnamese silk in the international arena. economic. Let’s look forward to the day when Vietnamese silk products will become familiar and first names in the minds of silk lovers across five continents.