14-28 Feb – L’Espace, Dong Ho prints

L’Espace – CCF
24 Trang Tien, Hanoi


Dong Ho folk art woodblock prints

Archaeological sources attest to the existence woodblock prints since 1010, under the Ly dynasty. But it is highly likely that the symbols and characters date back to ancient times. Deeply linked to the life of the Vietnamese people, these prints protect and inspire, sometimes symbolizing deities, sometimes embodying an ideal. Depicting daily life, recurring ceremonies, historical representations of popular beliefs and spiritual tales, they adorn both the city and the countryside on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month, as part of preparations for Tet.

Employing fine and meticulous engraving and printing techniques, difficult to perform on the famous Vietnamese Do paper, folk art prints are controlled by two schools: the Dong Ho and Hang Trong. We will discover the the first and most famous, the one that is the pride of the Kinh Bac region: Dong Ho, the oldest tradition, along with a look at the history of Do paper.


In the Médiathèque.
Free admission.

L’Espace – Centre Culturel Français de Hanoi
Ambassade de France au Vietnam
24, Trang Tien, Hanoi
Téléphone: (84-4) 9 36 21 64 (poste 511)
Télécopie: (84-4) 9 36 21 65

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