Dong Ho Folk Painting

Dong Ho Painting: Dong Ho Painting or Vietnamese woodblock prints refers to a distinct Vietnamese folk art originating in Dong Ho Village, Song Ho Commune, Thuan Thanh district of Bac Ninh Province (north of Hanoi). It is one of the most popular Vietnamese folk arts. Dong Ho folk painting is very famous because Dong ho is the only village where people know to make the "Dzo" painting with completely natural materials. The printing paper is made of bark of a tree called "Dzo." The background paper is originally white. People use natural materials to change the colors of the papers which are usually orange, pink, yellow, purple,.. Colors of the painting are refined from various kinds of tree leaves, that people can easily find in Vietnam. Particular, the red color is taken from earth of hills and mountains; the black color is from coal of burned bamboo's leaves; the glitter white color is made of sea shells; The original point of Dong Ho folk painting is the durability of colors. The painting is covered by a layer of sticky rice paste (called "ho nep") to protect the painting and their colors. They are so long lasting, so that it is very difficult to make them dimmer even time or daylight. Scenes depicted in Dong ho prints: Paintings here vary from decoration paintings for Tết to worship painting. Dong Ho painting is considered one of Vietnam's cultural symbols as it has been sustained for centuries. Subjects depicted in these paintings are usually scenes of ordinary life, landscapes in Vietnam, seasons of the year, prosperity symbols, etc. Process: The prints in Dong Ho are made with local wood and paper. The paint is also made from local organic materials and is applied to wood and pressed on paper. The process is repeated with different colors.
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