Glittering thin gold leaves from Kieu Ky Village

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Kieu Ky Village in Gia Lam District, which is located on the north bank of the Red River about 15km from the centre of Hanoi, is famous for its craft of gold and silver laminating.

Glittering thin gold leaves from Kieu Ky Village
Kieu Ky villagers still venerate Nguyen Quy Tri as the patriarch of thin gold laminating. He was born and raised in Hoi Xuyen Village, Lieu Trai Commune, Hai Duong Province, and was a mandarin under King Le Canh Hung (1740-1786).
Glittering thin gold leaves from Kieu Ky Village
Artisans cutting each gold leaf into smaller pieces, measuring 1 square metre each.
Glittering thin gold leaves from Kieu Ky Village
Parchments are dried on fig leaves which are put in open spaces. When the papers are dry, makers just shake the whole stack of fig leaves so that litmus papers will come off.
Glittering thin gold leaves from Kieu Ky Village
Chinese ink is spread on seed leaves. Cooking glue to make ink from buffalo skin also requires great effort.
Glittering thin gold leaves from Kieu Ky Village
Workers placing gold leaves in parchment.
Glittering thin gold leaves from Kieu Ky Village
Putting a gold leaf on the parchment requires ingenuity to avoid its break.
Glittering thin gold leaves from Kieu Ky Village
A cloth belt is tied around the entire parchment.
Glittering thin gold leaves from Kieu Ky Village
A craftsman is hammering gold bullion decisively but skilfully so that the gold leaf is very thin but not torn.
Glittering thin gold leaves from Kieu Ky Village
Gold leaves are then removed from the parchment and placed between small pieces of paper.
Glittering thin gold leaves from Kieu Ky Village
Craftspeople rub talcum powder on their hands so that gold leaves do not stick to their hands, avoiding loss of materials and products.
Glittering thin gold leaves from Kieu Ky Village
The gold leaves are carefully packed.
Glittering thin gold leaves from Kieu Ky Village
The craft of making thin gold leaf requires a meticulousness, carefulness and ingenuity because the gold leaves are easily blown away or broken.
Glittering thin gold leaves from Kieu Ky Village
The plastic sheets are used to prevent the winds while craftspeople are laminating gold.
Glittering thin gold leaves from Kieu Ky Village
The gold leaves are gilded on a chair carefully.
Glittering thin gold leaves from Kieu Ky Village
There are still many young people passionate about and pursue the time-honoured craft.
Glittering thin gold leaves from Kieu Ky Village
The products laminated with gold leaves meet the aesthetic needs of guests.
Glittering thin gold leaves from Kieu Ky Village
Products from Kieu Ky Village are consumed in all provinces and cities around the country. Many unique products are also given as gifts to foreign guests.

Source: Nhan Dan

Kieu Ky gold laminating craft village in Gia Lam district, Hanoi, has a history of about 300 years.

The Kieu Ky gold laminating craft village (Gia Lam District, Hanoi) has a history of about 400 years. Through ups and downs, people still retain their traditional profession with stages that require ingenuity and sophistication.

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