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Paper Masks: Preserving an Ancient Craft

Hanoi, Vietnam
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The traditional paper masks, as distinct and recognizable as the full moon during the Mid-Autumn festival, has for years been a favorite traditional toy among Vietnamese children. During the night of the festival, gleeful children parade around the neighborhood wearing colorful paper masks as they carry with them bobbing lanterns to illuminate the streets - a sort of trick or treat equivalent during Halloween. Families join in the celebration while the young ones bring life to the artfully crafted masks that are at once both colorful and representative of the festivities of the night.

The tradition of wearing paper masks is a cherished and endeared tradition among the locals. Entirely handmade and always lingering with the faint smell of paper and glue, the locals love the simplicity of this the tradition which dates back many centuries. Alas, it is now a dying art where modern toys are replacing this age old tradition. In this exclusive visit, you will have access to a special gem in the backstreets of Hanoi's Old Quarters and make your own paper masks with the only remaining couple to still continue the tradition.

Note: The paper masks that you create will take a day or two to dry under the sun depending on the weather. While you will learn how to make one, the masks that you will eventually paint on and take home with you will be a ready made handmade mask that has already been dried. So what of your mask? Think about it, some child in Hanoi will wear your mask when it is eventually sold in the market. :)

A link to the exact pick up location and the detailed address will be sent to your account email id once the payment is complete.

The host recommends these preparations so that guests can have the best experience.

  • Dont wear clothes that you wouldn't want paint to accidentally drop on. :)
  • Chance to create a traditional mask in Hanoi’s Old Quarter
  • Hands-on look at centuries-old custom, now a dying art
  • Opportunity to learn about the important Mid-Autumn Festival
  • Painting handmade mask—a favorite toy of Vietnamese children
  • Working with one of the few craftsman continuing the custom

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