Despite being born and bred in Nga Son, a rural district in the central province of Thanh Hoa famed for its traditional bed mats and other products made of sedge, Tran Doan Hung never wanted to follow the craft and becoming involved in a business endeavour relating to the material never even crossed his mind. Tran Doan Hung weaving sedge bags at Co May Craft's workshop. Photos courtesy of Tran Doan Hung Like many in his village, after graduating from high school he headed to Hanoi to attend university and then worked for a few years in the capital. In 2017, he went to work at a resort in the beach city of Nha Trang on Vietnam's south-central coast, where by chance he found a new direction in life. A female co-worker showed Hung her new handbag, made of sedge. Admiring its meticulous weaving, he began to think about his hometown's famed craft. "I wondered whether this was something I could do," the now 28-year-old recalled. "After some restless nights, I decided to quit my job and return home and found a start-up." And so it was that in 2018 Hung founded Cỏ May Craft (Gold Bear Grass Craft). "Gold Bear grass,… Read full this story
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