Located 30 km south of Hanoi, Tu Van village in the capital’s Thuong Tin district is famed for its embroidery and weaving.

It has made millions of national flags for over 70 years.

Local people say they made the national flags used on September 2, 1945.

Seventy-five years later they still devote themselves to making the most beautiful flags.

It takes 10 steps to make a flag, with the most important being selecting nice fabric.

Most flags nowadays are made with embroidery machines. But those made by hand have their own beauty.

 

All of the tailors love their job, considering it an honour.

From Tu Van village, the national flags go on to fly in every corner of the country, affirming its independence and sovereignty.

National Day,Hanoi,flag making village

Typically when National Day approaches, local craftspeople will become busier than ever as they work hard to meet orders from across the country. Vuong Thi Nhung’s family is among the largest flag making households in Tu Van village.
 

National Day,Hanoi,flag making village

An elderly member of the community embroiders a large-sized national flag, with it usually taking around three days to complete such an artwork.
 

National Day,Hanoi,flag making village

The traditional craft has been passed down through the generations.
 

National Day,Hanoi,flag making village

It is not only in the buildup to National Day that local people are busy, but also on various other special occasions.
 

National Day,Hanoi,flag making village

According to the village’s elders, Tu Van has been famous for embroidery and weaving since the 16th century. Indeed, centuries ago many of the villagers opened souvenir shops on Hang Bong and Hang Gai streets in Hanoi in order to sell their products.
 

National Day,Hanoi,flag making village

Ahead of the General Uprising on August 19, 1945, local craftsmen had been asked to make national flags, with this historic moment marking the establishment of the national flag making craft in Tu Van village.
 

National Day,Hanoi,flag making village
National Day,Hanoi,flag making village

Local craftspeople must be meticulous in their work, with each step requiring thorough attention.
 

National Day,Hanoi,flag making village
National Day,Hanoi,flag making village

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