Silver carving by Po Ho Creek
Vietnam Heritage|June - July 2019 -2
Silver carving by Po Ho Creek
Following the tunes (“Spring comes to Muong Hum hamlet high up the mountains with heart-rocking distant singing…” ) of talented composer Nguyen Tai Tue, we come to Seo Po Ho hamlet to visit Red Yao artisans diligently blowing life into silver, creating wonders of sophisticated craftsmanship, worthily contributing to the cultural traditions of their tribe.

The hamlet of Seo Po Ho lays peacefully by the Po Ho Creek at the foot of the massive Ky Quan San Mountain, the habitat of about 50 Red Yao households. These people have managed to preserve their unique cultural features and customs, from maturity ritual, wedding, to signature brocade patterns and precious herbal yeast to distil their maize vodka and even their exquisite traditional skills of silver carving. The village elders say that the King of Heaven himself sent a daughter down to this land to teach Yao people this silver carving trade. That’s why many call Seo Po Ho the angelic silver village. Not just a symbol of cultural preservation, the silver carving trade is being restored and promoted by the Red Yao as a unique feature in the cultural exploration tour for tourists to Muong Hum Commune of the district of Bat Xat.


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