A long-standing craft village in Lái Thiêu Ward, Thuận An Town, Bình Dương Province, approximately 30 kilometers from Hồ Chí Minh City, has churned out myriad earthen piggy banks over the past decades.
The nostalgic crafts have long been a fixture in Vietnamese families and a source of thrill for children delighted at their savings after finally smashing open the clay pigs, particularly at year’s end.
A worker stacks earthen piggy banks in a furnace
In the past, households in the village would operate private furnaces at home and perform each phase in producing gaudy, adorable pigs that fascinated kids and adults alike.
The craft, however, has undergone considerable changes due to environmental issues and shrinking incomes that have hit the area in the past few years.
Though the glory days of the craft seem to be fading away, it still lives on in the spiritual life of the Vietnamese people.
Below are a series of photos by Ngô Công Hoàng featuring the craft village.
These photos were one of the entries to Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) newspaper’s year-long competition themed “Việt Nam – Country – People” concluding in October last year.
A male worker kneads clay to make the earthen pigs
A woman removes the pigs from their molds
A worker is delighted at her finished product
Two workers pour the mixture into molds
Two male workers take freshly baked pigs out from the furnace
An artisan paints the finishing touches on the pigs
Source: Tuổi Trẻ News