Embroidery has been a tradition in Vietnam for many, many years. It is taught early in schools as part of educational activities for girls. Young ladies are expected to be able to make some of their household linen using their embroidery skills.
The lady in the picture below has an embroidery shop in a tiny village of Quat Dong not far from Hanoi. Several other women in the village display their embroidered items in the store which she happily sells for them. It makes her happy to enable these women to earn extra income without leaving their homes. She, herself, embroiders in her shop when there are no customers. Her skills are excellent and when you look at some of her embroidered items, they look like paintings.
Close to Hanoi are several craft villages. It is interesting to go and visit these places. For those interested to know more, here's the link.
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