Hanoi traditional glassware jars blowing village

People in Thong Nhat commune (Thuong Tin, Hanoi) have produced simple glassware items such as light bulbs, bottles, jars, thermos caps to fancy items. customer’s request.

Since the 1960s, glass blowing is considered a main occupation of most people in Thong Nhat commune. During this time, Giap Long village is the most developed place, focusing on skilled workers who can make sophisticated products, need sophistication.

According to Mr. Le Xuan Tien, who has more than 20 years of experience in glassware manufacturing in Thong Nhat commune: “A dozen years ago, most of the communes worked in cooking and blowing glass. Household items from the lid of the thermos, family bottles are self-made ”.

Making glassware is a long-standing profession in Thong Nhat commune (Thuong Tin district, Hanoi).
Making glassware is a long-standing profession in Thong Nhat commune (Thuong Tin district, Hanoi).
Over the years, despite considerable negligence, up to now in Thong Nhat commune, this traditional occupation is preserved.
Over the years, despite considerable negligence, up to now in Thong Nhat commune, this traditional occupation is preserved.
After being heated, the workers began to blow glass and squeeze shaping ...
After being heated, the workers began to blow glass and squeeze shaping …

Tien added, to make the products satisfactory, the workers must feel the “ripeness” of the glass. When glass is added to the fire, the glass will be green, when burning to the point that the glass will turn white. At that time, it only needed a little blow, the glass would bulge out as big as you wanted.

According to the increasing demand of customers, Thong Nhat commune not only produces glassware by traditional methods, many households in the commune have invested in machinery to produce used tools and equipment. Used in the medical field as a Philatop tube in large quantities.

Mr. Nguyen Van Hue, owner of Philatop pipe factory in Giap Long village, said that he realized the potential to expand the development of glassware industry left by his father and grandfather, since 2010, his family has invested in a machine. Production of Philatop tubes with a capacity of more than 100 kg of glass billets / 1 day (about 10,000 lbs of Philatop tube).

With their skills, the handcrafted glass blowers in Thong Nhat commune can produce hundreds of products every day.
With their skills, the handcrafted glass blowers in Thong Nhat commune can produce hundreds of products every day.
In addition to households still keeping handicrafts in the village, many other households have invested in machinery
to produce bulk glass supplied to the market.
In addition to households still keeping handicrafts in the village, many other households have invested in machinery to produce bulk glass supplied to the market.

The volume of orders has been increasing rapidly, in early 2014, Mr. Hue’s family invested in an additional machine with double the capacity of the old one to produce the volume of products made by pharmaceutical companies inside and outside. order country. “Up to now, 3 villages (Hoang Xa, Thuong Giap, Giap Long) out of 5 villages of Thong Nhat commune have been invested with modern machinery to produce equipment in the health sector” Anh Hue shared.

Strenuous, income is not high compared to other traditional industries, but every day in glassware factories in Thong Nhat commune, there are red lights to keep fire and keep the profession.