Vietnamese hand embroidery is a tradition that dates back over eight centuries. Find a stunning piece in one of Saigon's many stores that sell embroidery. Historically, girls are taught to embroider pillowcases and tablecloths, but since the 1960's hand embroidery has been raised to the level of high art. Majestic sceneries and detailed portraits unfold under the steady hands of artisans who hunch over for weeks to create masterworks. Larger pieces take more than a month to complete. Popular themes include landscapes, animals, flowers and religious motifs.
Embroidery is the process of sewing tiny threads to create brightly coloured pictures on material. For high school girls in HCMC, embroidery is a popular afterschool pursuit. Some works take more than forty days to complete. Even more time consuming is 3D hand embroidery, where different surfaces of the picture are raised to create a more lifelike scene. Make sure to visit one of Saigon's many outlets that sell hand embroidery.