In order to bring the image of this special flower into daily life, Kieu Cao Dung from Hanoi has turned ordinary lotus leaves into works of art with traditional cultural features.


 

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Turning a fresh lotus leaf into art has many stages, combined with a variety of different chemicals and secret techniques. Paintings on lotus leaves are meticulously completed through stages from selecting leaves to coloring, drying and processing. Photos: VNP/VNA
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To pick beautiful lotus leaves, Dung goes to the lotus ponds around West Lake on summer days when lotus blooms are turning into beautiful fresh flowers.
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Dung often chooses lotus leaves grown in the deepest waters of West Lake. He then cleans and dyes the leaves in different colours depending on the content he wants to convey in his paintings. Dung uses food coloring to soak the leaves to ensure safety for users.
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Dung said: “Timing is crucial. If the leaves are oversoaked, they will get damaged. If they don’t soak long enough, the leaves will not absorb color”. Leaves are soaked in a coloring liquid for 2 to 3 days before being dried in an oven.
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Shaping lotus leaves to form a cone shape.
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A painting is made from lotus leaves.
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Drawing on the dry lotus leaves.
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Young people learn to make paintings on lotus leaves.
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Dung introduces his products to foreign customers.
 
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To create the unique artworks, the most important and difficult part is drawing on the dry lotus leaves.
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With an ambition to introduce unique artworks to international friends, Kieu Cao Dung has also combined lotus leaves with traditional products such as non la (conical hats), Dong Ho paintings and calligraphy.
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An artwork from lotus leaves.
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An artwork from lotus leaves.
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An Artwork from lotus leaves.
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An artwork from lotus leaves.
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An artwork from lotus leaves.
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An artwork from lotus leaves. Photos: VNP/VNA

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Exploring stunning lotus flower fields of Quang Nam

Exploring stunning lotus flower fields of Quang Nam

Visitors to Duy Son commune in Duy Xuyen district in the central province of Quang Nam are treated to breathtaking scenery of fields of lotus flowers which has proved to be a popular attraction in recent days.

Organic lotus tea start-up focuses on quality first

Organic lotus tea start-up focuses on quality first

As the sun sets, Le Son Hai carefully opens the petals of a fresh blooming lotus flower and stuffs dried green tea leaves inside. Then he covers the petals with a lotus leaf and ties it tightly shut.