Nguyen Thi Le Na has followed her love and passion leading to the establishment of the Vinh orange ecological village Woman power riding high in ethnic minority communities A trailblazing contribution to equality Coming from Buoi village, a Westlake area in Hanoi which used to be famous for weaving handicraft known as linh, 59-year-old Vu Thi Minh Hoang still has a flaming passion for the product. Linh is one of dozens of Vietnamese traditional woven items made of high-quality silk. "I believe that each area has its own unique natural products and I always buy them when I travel. In the early 2000s, I often bought high-quality foreign silk, but my aunt told me that they couldn't compare to those of our ancestors' linh," Hoang told VIR. Her aunt's words urged Hoang to study the handicraft and in 2004, in spite of working for a big multinational group involving lots of travel, Hoang decided to study and find a way to revive the product. "Luckily, I was supported and encouraged by my husband, family, and friends. They believe that I can do what I love. They helped me find weavers, particularly the 86-year-old artisan Phung Van Thiem who was the… Read full this story
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