Lion costume makers have their arms full in central Vietnam

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Thua Thien Hue artisans are working around the clock to complete colourful lion costumes for the upcoming Mid-Autumn Pageant.

Lion costume makers have their hands full in central Vietnam

The Mid-Autumn Pageant is across the nook in Vietnam (September 24) is mirrored within the urgency amongst artisans in Hue metropolis as they rush to finish lion costumes used within the celebration. Round 10 households within the formal imperial metropolis, now the capital of Thua Thien Hue Province, has been doing this for a very long time. A very powerful a part of the costume is the lion’s head, and the artisans work to make it as good and vivid as attainable.

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Over the few days, Truong Huu Trang, 45, resident of Phu Hoa Ward, has been intent on producing the lion’s head. Whereas some workshops use cement molds to form it and canopy with paper, Trang fashions a body with bamboo and rattan.

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On common, Trang can craft two lion head frames per day, and these are handed on to others for the following steps in making the costume.

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As soon as the body is finished, a layer of fabric is glued to it, and the heads are then dried within the solar.

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The colour association and artisan’s abilities decide the standard, or the “soul” of a lion’s head, mentioned Truong Huu Khoa, 32, who paints it in shiny brilliant colours. This lion head took him an entire day to complete.

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After portray, the artisans create the eyes of the lion and glue some fur on the lion heads. As soon as that is performed, the lion heads come alive.

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A tailor sews the lion’s tails.

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Each Mid-Autumn Pageant, the household of Truong Thi Kim Chi, 58, provides greater than 2,000 lion heads of various sizes for the market. Costs, relying on the dimensions, varies from VND100,000 to a number of million.

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“Each Lunar April, my household begins to craft the lion heads to provide markets in Hue, Quang Tri and Quang Binh. We make VND40 – 50 million ($1,700 – 2,100) yearly,” Chi mentioned.

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The lion heads and masks of the Earth god are stacked as much as be taken to totally different provinces for the Mid-Autumn Pageant.

In Vietnam, the competition is well known on the 15th day of the eighth month. Throughout the competition, individuals collect to see the complete moon, eat conventional moon desserts and luxuriate in sure sorts of music and dance, specifically the lion dance.