With incense sticks used in special occasions, locals are now busy preparing for the Lunar New Year festival (Tet).

Incense,Cao Bang,craft village
Residing in Phia Thap Hamlet at the foot of Pha Hung mountain, the Nung ethnic minority people are renowned for producing agarwood incense sticks.
Incense,Cao Bang,craft village
For several hundreds of years, members of the Nung ethnic group follow their traditional craft of making incense sticks from agarwood trees.
Incense,Cao Bang,craft village
Their incense sticks are made of natural materials, with artificial chemicals free.
Incense,Cao Bang,craft village
Incense,Cao Bang,craft village
Each piece is soaked four times in a flour mixture of sawdust and agarwood powder in order to create beautiful incense sticks.
Incense,Cao Bang,craft village
Producing these items requires great skills, including eye movement, from makers.
Incense,Cao Bang,craft village
Generations of the Nung community have passed the tradition down to younger members.
 
Incense,Cao Bang,craft village
The craft is closely associated with the Vietnamese custom of burning incense on the first or 30th days of every lunar month and other special occasions, such as the ancestors’ death anniversary.
Incense,Cao Bang,craft village
The most time-consuming stage of the process is drying the incense. Locals often dry them at midday as it is the hottest part of the day.
Incense,Cao Bang,craft village
If the weather is sunny, the process may take a single day, if not then locals must spend up to three days trying to dry the incense.
Incense,Cao Bang,craft village
Sometimes locals dry the incense in the kitchen in order to have the product ready for use at customers’ request.
Incense,Cao Bang,craft village
A tourist feels interesting when learning how to make incense in the locality.
Incense,Cao Bang,craft village
Incense in Phia Thap Hamlet is famous for good quality with a clear origin. It is the favourite with people, not only in Cao Bang Province but also in neighbouring localities.

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Phia Thap incense village in Cao Bang

Phia Thap incense village in Cao Bang

The incense craft of the Nung ethnic minority people in Phia Thap Village, Quoc Dan Commune, Quang Uyen District, Cao Bang Province is contributing to the preservation of a traditional spiritual culture.

Incense-making craft of the Nung An

Incense-making craft of the Nung An

For many generations the Nung An ethnic minority of Phja Thap hamlet have been making incense sticks from natural materials.