Traditional craft villages in Kon Tum – Attractive tourism potential

Traditional craft village in Kon Tum

Kon Tum province currently has over 7 ethnic groups living: Kinh, Xo Dang, Ba Na, Gie-Trieng, Gia Rai, Brau, Ro Mam and some other ethnic groups. Among them, ethnic minorities account for 54%, the rest are Kinh people. Almost every ethnic group still preserves a number of traditional occupations that have a unique cultural identity for their nation such as: brocade weaving, blacksmithing, sewing, embroidery, bamboo and rattan weaving, can wine making… in each village. There are still a few artisans who still retain some traditional, heirloom crafts and are still maintaining production.

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Brocade weaving – a typical traditional craft of indigenous people.

Under the impact of the market economy, with the diversity and utility of industrial products. For a long time, craft villages in Kon Tum were not given attention, so traditional handicrafts were lost. Since there was a policy to encourage the development of rural industries according to Decision 132/2000/QD-TTg of the Prime Minister on a number of policies to develop rural industries and Decree 134/2004/ND-CP of the Prime Minister. When the Government encouraged the development of rural industry… a number of new occupations were restored and developed such as brocade weaving, bamboo and rattan weaving, can wine making… and a number of new occupations were introduced such as: High-quality wooden furniture, food processing (making cakes, sausages, sausages…).

Currently, in Kon Tum province there are main traditional occupations:

Brocade weaving industry, the main products are weaving fabric, sewing ethnic costumes, book bags… as souvenirs, concentrated mainly in the city and a few in Ngoc Hoi district, Dak Ha .

The profession is bamboo and rattan paving, products mainly serving production activities: baskets, baskets, bamboo panels… concentrated in Kon Plong city and district.

Making can wine, a product using wild yeast leaves brewed with sticky rice, millet, corn, cassava… stored in jars, most people in districts and cities have this profession.

Blacksmithing, whose main products are production tools: knives, machetes, hoes… is evenly distributed throughout the villages, districts and cities.

Traditional food processing profession: main products are rice paper, vermicelli, dry pho, sausage, sausage… concentrated in cities and towns in districts.

Civil carpentry and high-end wooden furniture: tables, chairs, beds, cabinets… are concentrated mainly in the city and a few in towns and districts.

Attractive tourism potential

The convenience factor for all people is that the raw materials are available locally and the product production process is mainly produced by manual methods, from the stage of preliminary processing of raw materials to the production of products. all with the skillful skills of the craftsman.

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Knitting items for family activities.

The traditional occupations mentioned above are prominent occupations in the history of Vietnamese culture and civilization. There is not just a profession or handicraft that produces products to serve human life, but a convergence of talented workers and artisans, creating products with their own identities, unlike other places. difficult to imitate.

The history of cultural development as well as the economic development history of Kon Tum is always associated with the history of craft village development here. Because the above handicraft products are not just normal daily living items, they are artistic products that symbolize the social culture, level of economic development, intellectual level, and special characteristics. humanistic points of the peoples here.

At the same time, craft villages do not simply produce commodity products like a factory. Traditional craft villages are a long-standing traditional cultural, economic, social and technological environment. It preserves the quintessence of art and techniques passed down from generation to generation, shared by talented artisans, with products that have their own identities, but are typical and unique of ethnic groups. Vietnam in general and Kon Tum in particular.

The cultural environment of the craft village is also the rustic village scene that has existed for many generations…, the festival activities, customs, and folk lifestyle of the Kinh, Ba Na, and Gia Rai people. … and contains profound humanity. That tradition has long become an indispensable part and enriched the multi-ethnic cultural tradition in Kon Tum.

This is a huge advantage when exploiting the development of eco-tourism combined with traditional craft villages in Kon Tum.

Yen Tran