Handicrafts products are now popular all over the world, from rural area to urban community. Handicrafts can be made from various source, natural or artificial ingredients. Compared to artificial materials, one of the advantages of natural materials is environmentally friendly. This not only turns pest plan into profitable ingredients like Water hyacinth, but also makes better living for rural citizen.
There are various kinds of natural ingredients that can be used as a variety of high-value products. Starting from soft as fiber, to hard as metal, also comes from nature.
Natural Ingredients for Handicraft Products
Vietnam is well-known for its argiculture, which employs more than half of the population and manufacturing accounts for a mere 8 percent of all employment. Apparently, Vietnam has several natural sources for producing handicrafts. Vietnamese handicrafts are widely known in foreign countries with very diverse forms, creative, innovative and always developing following the needs and technological developments.
Crafts made of clay are commonly known to people with ceramic crafts. Clay has plastic properties so it is easily formed. After being burned in the level according to the type of clay so that the clay becomes hard, solid, and waterproof.
Natural fiber is fiber derived from plants and animals. It’s called fiber, then it’s shaped like a tendril. To get the shape of the fiber, several stages of processing are needed depending on the character of the base material.
Water hyacinth is a free-floating and flowering invasive aquatic plant originated from Amazon Basin, South America. The plant had been considered useless, even harmful to environment as it prevents water flow and is an obstacle for water traffic. However, for residents of certain areas such as Hong River Delta and Mekong Delta, it becomes a promising source of income. Both of these areas become centers of handicrafts from water hyacinth.
The water hyacinth plant can also be made of various handicrafts because the fiber is quite strong enough so that various handicrafts can be made.
Coconut tree is a tree that all parts of the tree have a use value. From roots to leaves of coconut trees can be used for various purposes. One of the parts of a coconut tree that can be utilized is coconut fiber. Coir, or coconut fibre, is a natural fibre extracted from the outer husk of coconut and used in products such as floor mats, doormats, brushes and mattresses. Coir is the fibrous material found between the hard, internal shell and the outer coat of a coconut.
Rattan is a type of material that is used in wicker weaves. Rattan is a naturally growing vine like species that is native to tropical regions of Australia, Asia, and Africa. For production use, the skin is peeled away and utilized for weaving purposes. Often times, the core is not wasted and finds use for different types of furniture
Rattans are extensively used for making baskets and furniture. When cut into sections, rattan can be used as wood to make furniture. Due to its durability and resistance to splintering, sections of rattan can be used as canes, crooks for high-end umbrellas, or staves for martial arts.