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(tuyetdenbatngo.com) -The bầu are the biggest ethnic group in Son La province. They 3d 54% of the province’s population. Son La has been working lớn preserve and promote thai culture in Vietnam’s northwestern region.

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Thai women weave & embroider at a community tourist site. (photo: VOV)

In many thai hamlets, new brick houses with a modern kiến thiết have been built in place of the traditional stilt houses.

Thai women are rarely seen weaving and embroidering in front of their houses these days.

Lo Luu Ly in Dia hamlet said the bầu no longer require young girls khổng lồ spend years learning khổng lồ weave và make their own clothes before they get married. Now they can buy ready-to-wear clothes at the market.

“In the past, if a bầu family had lots of handmade clothes, blankets, & mattresses, the girls in that family were praised for being hard-working. For our generation it’s no longer evidence of dexterity & hard work,” Ly said.

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In the past, a bầu wedding was filled with the sweet sound of Khap singing và the Pi clarinet. Now bầu boys và girls wearing traditional black skirts and Pieu headscarves dance khổng lồ modern music. They no longer hold hands and form a circle for the Xoe dance.

Lo Binh Minh, a thành viên of Son La province’s Arts & Literature Association, said, “We are at risk of losing the thai cultural identity. We worry about it.”


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The Ban Flower Festival in Son La city in 2019. (Photo: VOV)

Luong Hoai Thanh, Director of the Institute for Northwestern Ethnic Culture Study at Vietnam’s Northwestern University, said, “Young bầu people have abandoned farming và moved to lớn other localities lớn work for companies. They don’t spend time doing traditional crafts such as embroidery và brocade weaving. That’s one reason they’re losing their traditional culture.”

Son La province và the Institute for Northwestern Ethic Culture Study held a seminar where researchers, lecturers, & folklore artisans discussed ethnic culture preservation.

Doctor Nguyen Thi Thanh Hoa of the Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Studies said, “A new viewpoint is that culture creates not just spiritual values but also economic values. We promote cultural values khổng lồ attract tourists và boost people’s incomes. These are the goals of cultural preservation.”

Son La đô thị hosts an annual Ban Flower Festival & Community Art Performance. It has encouraged government employees & students lớn wear traditional clothing at offices và schools.

Thai Cultural Clubs have been established at the commune level to popularize Xoe dance & other folk genres. Son La city wants every hamlet to have an art troupe lớn perform traditional thai dances.


Tran Long-Thu Hang


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