In the aesthetic concept of the Mong people, a woman's beauty is partly reflected through her clothes. In Mai Chau district, there are two communes inhabited by the Mong ethnic people, namely Hang Kia and Pa Co, with a combined population of over 6,000. Despite the strong development of the society, the cultural identity, notably traditional costumes, of local people is still preserved and promoted.
Mong ethnic costumes are regularly
used by locals, contributing to the attractiveness of community-based tourism
in Pa Co commune (Mai Chau).
As a local, besides working as a preschool
teacher, Sung Y Do in Cha Day hamlet, Pa Co commune, is also very passionate
about preserving traditional culture, especially linen weaving, fabric dyeing,
sewing, and embroidering costumes. She also shows her love for ethnic costumes
through her habit of wearing them at school and in her daily life.
In recent years, thanks to the promotion of
potential and strengths of natural resources and human resources, the two
communes have become attractive destinations for domestic and foreign tourists.
Local Party committees and authorities have paid attention to maintaining the
organisation of festivals and cultural, art and sport activities to attract
locals to preserving cultural identity and ethnic costumes associated with
promoting community-based tourism development.
As a result, people use traditional
costumes more and more commonly. Many Mong women still wear traditional dresses
while working. On market days, holidays, and Tet, people wear their best
outfits to go out to festivals. In Pa Co commune, there is a traditional
brocade weaving village that maintains its activities, helping visitors
experience stages of making costumes. Another interesting destination in the
commune is Mong Space, Cha Day hamlet, where many traditional costumes that
have been used for hundreds of years are on display to introduce and promote
their beauty, and gradually turn the costumes of the Mong ethnic people in Mai
Chau district into a unique tourism product.
The People’s Committee of Luong Son district on November 21 held a ceremony to announce the recognition of Lai Tri communal house in Thanh Cao commune as a provincial-level historical relic site, and hand over the certificate to leaders of Thanh Cao commune.
Located on the right bank of the Da river in Quynh Lam ward, Hoa Binh city, the Ngoi communal house was recognised as a provincial-level historical and cultural relic in 1999. Upholding traditions, locals often come to the place on major festivals, full-moon days, and the first day of each lunar month, burning incense to honour deities and pray for favourable weather and good harvests.
In recent years, the movement of mass culture and arts in Kim Boi district has been maintained and developed, contributing to preserving and promoting traditional cultural values and building a cultural life at the grassroots level.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has recently announced a list of new intangible national cultural heritage items, one of which is the Keng Loong performance art of the Thai people in Mai Chau district, the northern province of Hoa Binh.
In order restore brocade weaving of the Thai ethnic group, with the support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Chieng Chau Brocade Weaving and Tourism Services Cooperative was established in Chieng Chau commune (Mai Chau district) in 2009.