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Bat Trang pottery village

November 15, 2007          1846 views

Bat Trang is 13 km south-east of Hanoi. Bat Trang belongs to Bat Trang Village, Gia Lam District. This is a potteryvillage with a half-millenary historic development. Some decades recently, the vitality of this village is still blown up by the thousands of pottery-kiln on fire day and night.

According to the loyal documentary, during the centuries of 12th-14th , four families came to the village and started to work pottery, selling it to people in city even doing business with foreigners. At First, it was called Bach Ho Group and when there are thousands of pottery-kiln, it was called Bat Trang- the age of name is as approximately old as the age of Group. Who was the Bat Trang pottery ancestor? As a popular documentary he is Hua Vinh Kieu who gained a scholar certificate under the reign of Ly. On the occasion of being sent to the Tong north country as King's envoy, he had learned the art and skill to make ceramic stuff and passed it to villagers.. But according to the "Dao Tuong Kinh Su Bi Ky" epitaph, Tran Hoe Doctor in Tu Chi built it. Quy duke, Nguyen Thanh Chau, in 1737. He was the founder. On the other theories, Luu Phuong was said to be the founder
Bat Trang products were got the favor of the rich and the poor in Thang Long as well as of the poor peasants in country. In early 15th century, Chinese ceramic masterpieces were very famous all over the world. Since then in every reign, in decline or prospect situations, Bat Trang pottery village still assured the worth of goods, kept position and passed every trial. It is proud of working, living, old origin in Bat Trang. In the Gia Lam proverb, there is a word: " living to be man in Bat Trang, dying to be tutelary spirit" that means it is very happy to be a man in Bat Trang because of the stable pottery work, big fortune. In Kieu Ki village, there was a work of making Indian ink; material was the skin of buffalo. They had to kill buffalo and worship tutelary spirit so this tutelary was well off. Bat Trang likes a symbol of Viet Nam traditional trade village.
It is a famous trade village, recently, there are over 6,000 people in 1,500 families with the total 153 Ha, so the average area for each is 0.15 Ha (150 m2). So houses are built one by the other and more special that is the thousands of pottery kiln, more than one a family. The rate of pottery kiln in Bat Trang is the first rank at the other same villages in the world. Most men in Bat Trang follow the traditional work (nine of ten) except for person leaving home. After over an innovation decade, many traditional trade villages are recovered, the innovation and increase of Bat Trang pottery village are increasing unbelievably.
On the basic of tradition pottery technique, Bat Trang pottery workers have taken - abused-propagated greatly the progress of science technology into every stage in making pottery. It has made many types of top class pottery, that is useful and beautiful and it upgrades the sense of pottery art. The Bat Trang list of pottery getting high quality is longer more and more by day like bowl, dish, pot, cup, wine pot, a big flower-vase, leg lamp, lime-pot, big-bellied jar... It made by all sort of glazes as ancient pearl blaze, crackle glaze, dark glaze, indigo-blue flower glaze, Grey flower glaze, melt glaze... Thank to that the benefit of people in pottery village is getting higher.

Source Vietnamgateway

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