Basketwork: from forest to kitchen, Sapa travel guide
Basketwork: from forest to kitchen
Rattan and bamboo are the raw materials used for basketwork. Each ethnic group and each area has its own techniques and own patterns. The Tays' are square-shaped, often decorated with floral patterns, while the Dao's (Mien) and the Lao's are raised designs with colour strokes.
For their domestic use, the Nung and the Tay make very fine baskets for sorting rice or legumes. In order to protect them, they store them over the wood fire where the smoke makes them more resistant. The Vietnamese shoulder piece is the most popular carrying device in the lowlands, while the back-basket is found everywhere in the mountains.