Cao Bang,Phia Thap Village,incense
Stilt houses in peaceful Phia Thap Village, Photos: VNP
Cao Bang,Phia Thap Village,incense
Villagers dry the gourd leaves in the sun.
Cao Bang,Phia Thap Village,incense
Dry the glue which is made from the gourd leaves.
Cao Bang,Phia Thap Village,incense
One of the main materials for making incense is a yellow apricot tree.
Cao Bang,Phia Thap Village,incense
Incense is considered the connection between real life and the spiritual world in Vietnamese culture. Making incense has become an indispensable cultural specificity.
In the photo: One of the main materials for making incense is a yellow apricot tree.
Cao Bang,Phia Thap Village,incense
The sticks are soaked four times in a flour mixture of sawdust and agarwood powder to create beautiful incense sticks.
Cao Bang,Phia Thap Village,incense
The incense making craft of the Nung people has a long history. For Phia Thap villagers, making incense is not only portraying their national identity but is also associated with the custom of burning incense in Vietnam. In the photo: Drying the incense in the sun.
Cao Bang,Phia Thap Village,incense
Although no one knows when the incense making craft began, this tradition has been handed down from generation to generation in the Nung community.
 
Cao Bang,Phia Thap Village,incense
More than 50 families in Phia Thap Village are involved in this traditional craft.
Cao Bang,Phia Thap Village,incense
Drying the incense in the sun.
Cao Bang,Phia Thap Village,incense
If the weather is cloudy, it takes three days for the incense to dry.
Cao Bang,Phia Thap Village,incense
The sticks are dyed red on the bottom half and dried again, before being tied into bundles.
Cao Bang,Phia Thap Village,incense
The most time-consuming stage is drying the incense in the sun. Photos: VNP

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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.