via Vietnam Express, 12 March 2021: Recognition of a traditional craft village outside Hanoi specialising in gold and silver lamination.
Gold lamination in Kieu Ky Village on the outskirts of Hanoi is one of eight national cultural heritages recognized by the culture ministry on Tuesday.
The craft appeared in Kieu Ky Village, Gia Lam District over 300 years ago during the Le Dynasty (1428-1789) after an official named Nguyen Quy Tri from northern Hai Duong Province visited China and learnt gold and silver lamination.
When Tri returned, he passed the craft on to the villagers of Kieu Ky then disappeared. To commemorate his contribution, the villagers have since worshiped Tri as the grandmaster of gold and silver lamination.
Before the August Revolution in 1945, the business of gold lamination was quite prosperous, supplying gold for religious artifacts, Buddhist statues, thrones, diaphragms and paintings.