An important part of travelling is finding that elusive souvenir that will remind you for years of the wonderful experience you have, or getting delightful presents that will surprise and please family and friends.
Vietnam offers an abundance of special souvenirs to bring home, including food, handicraft products, home decoration, clothes and accessories. With so many choices, sometimes it is hard to decide what to buy in Vietnam. Here we give you the top 9 things to buy in Vietnam. Check it out:
Vietnamese people have been making silk for centuries and the skills developed through experience produce some of the best silk fabrics in the world. The quality of silk depends on many factors, from the quality of mulberry leaves fed to silkworms, the skills to unravelling the silk threads from the silkworms, and then weaving. Many of these processes are still done by hand in Vietnam which makes each piece of silk fabric unique.
Silk is also normally made by artisans who learnt their craft from their parents, the skills and experience are passed from one generation to the other. And these artisans normally live in the same area or village for support and shared experience and knowledge. The silk from Ha Dong village is among the best in the North and Hoi An village in the middle of Vietnam for generations made silk to dress royal families.
There are many tailor shops in Ha Noi, Hoi An and Hochiminh City who could make clothes from silk for you within a short period of time. One of the popular dress made from silk is the Vietnamese national costume, ao dai.
Tips to distinguish between fake and real silk
Real silk when is gently burnt will produce a smell like the burning of natural hair. While fake silk made from polyester will have a unpleasant artificial smell and leave hard black beads.