In many Saigon homes, you'll find ornately carved and stained dark wooden pieces inlaid with exquisite scenes created with mother of pearl or even eggshells. The final finish is usually a shiny coat of lacquer, a natural resin taken from the rhus tree. Ho Chi Minh City's fine craftsmen can turn out expertly carved work in addition to building bucolic wicker, bamboo and rattan furniture.
Vietnamese traditional furniture evolved from the influence of European, Chinese and Indian techniques. Teak is a common wood used in the construction of wood furniture such as dresser drawers, wardrobes, chairs and dining and coffee tables. Vietnamese traditional furniture is widely available in and around Saigon.