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Female diplomats explore traditional Vietnamese sericulture

Sunday, March 26, 2023, 14:08 GMT+7
Female diplomats explore traditional Vietnamese sericulture
Female diplomats and the spouses of ambassadors watch silkworms spinning cocoons. Photo: T.Dieu / Tuoi Tre

Female ambassadors, members of diplomatic missions, and spouses of diplomats in Vietnam joined an event in Hanoi on Tuesday to be briefed on the traditional Vietnamese craft of silk weaving and sericulture, otherwise known as silkworm farming.

The event was held by Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in coordination with Vietnam Sericulture Research Center and DeSilk, a Vietnamese luxury silk maker.

Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang (wearing floral white-and-orange ao dai), diplomats, and the spouses of ambassadors visit local mulberry gardens. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang (wearing a set of floral white-and-orange 'ao dai'), diplomats, and the spouses of ambassadors visit local mulberry gardens. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The female diplomats and their spouses had a wonderful day visiting mulberry gardens and watching a host of silkworms being fed with mulberry leaves and silkworm cocoons being formed in the flesh.

They also experienced the silk weaving process with local sericulturists and weavers, and were briefed on the history of Vietnamese silk as well as its role in helping the country move toward modernization and industrialization.  

The diplomatic visitors also learned about the differences between Vietnamese and South Korean sericulture through a presentation given by Sohn KeeWook, chairman of the Korean Silk Road Association.

Female diplomats and the spouses of ambassadors watch silkworms being fed with mulberry leaves on trays near a mulberry garden in the Vietnam Sericulture Research Center, located in Long Bien District, Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Female diplomats and the spouses of ambassadors watch silkworms being fed with mulberry leaves on trays near a mulberry garden in the Vietnam Sericulture Research Center, located in Long Bien District, Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A female diplomat shows off her silk weaving skills. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A female diplomat shows off her silk weaving skills. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A female diplomat poses for a photo near a silk loom. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A female diplomat poses for a photo near a silk loom. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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