lunar new year,lai thieu
It is typical for local artisans to start producing new products at this time each year to symbolise the different zodiac signs in order to meet the demands of consumers. This year many have created buffalo-shaped ceramics ahead of the Lunar New Year festival.
lunar new year,lai thieu
The first step in making the items is to mix clay.
lunar new year,lai thieu
Nguyen Van Nhan, an artisan with 30 years of experience in the craft industry, says he has been given orders for a total of 10,000 buffalo-shaped ceramic products from various traders this year.
lunar new year,lai thieu
After being removed from the mold, the buffaloes-shaped items are dried for a period of six to eight hours before being placed in the kiln.
lunar new year,lai thieu
According to local artisan Phan Van Hiep, a kiln is capable of accommodating 3,000 to 4,000 items in roughly seven hours each.
 
lunar new year,lai thieu
The buffaloes are typically sold to artisans in Thu Dau Mot and Thuan An cities who then paint them as part of the final stage.
lunar new year,lai thieu
Gold-plated ceramics prove to be the most popular item on the market.
lunar new year,lai thieu
A buffalo-shaped ceramic product costs between VND10,000 and VND80,000, equal to US$0.43 to US$3.47, with each coming in different sizes.
lunar new year,lai thieu
The items are also exported to Laos and Cambodia each year after production.

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Golden buffalo carrying kumquat tree, a decorative product for 2021

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