08/04/2016 | 12:58:35

Tay Ninh: Trang Bang rice paper gets heritage status

A woman makes Trang Bang rice paper (Photo: VNA)

The traditional craft of making banh trang phoi suong (dew-wetted rice paper) in Trang Bang district, Tay Ninh province, has been recognised as a National Intangible Cultural Heritage.

At a ceremony to grant the certificate on April 6, the province People’s Committee also honoured 11 craftsmen for making great contributions to preserving and developing the craft.

Pham Van Tan, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, also hailed the contributions of authorities and residents of Trang Bang district to preserving the craft.

He instructed relevant departments to promote the rice paper as a brand and facilitate development of the craft.

Duong Van Phong, Director of the province’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, tracing the history of the craft, said when ethnic Vietnamese settled the land, they inherited the craft from the natives and developed it as a means of subsistence.

“The craft has gradually become a mainstay of Tay Ninh’s culinary culture.”

A festival honouring the craft of making dew-wetted rice paper will be celebrated for the first time this year from April 6 to 12.

The event, which features cultural activities like traditional art performances and folk games, has attracted about 120 traditional craft villages, restaurants, and others, who are showcasing the local culture and cuisine.

One of the festival’s highlights is a giant dew-wetted rice paper made by Phan Van Gan, head of Tan Tien Dew-Wetted Rice Paper Co-operative.

Gan and the cooperative’s members built a kiln at the festival to make rice paper measuring 1.2 metre to serve visitors.

“I hope these would be recognised as the biggest rice paper in Vietnam,” he said.-VNA

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