Dong Ho paintings is a type of folk painting of Vietnam which are prints from wood carvings, its from Dong Ho village, Song Ho commune, Thuan Thanh District, Bac Ninh Province. Previously, on the occasion of each New Year holiday, paintings were sold everywhere for buyers to decorate during the Tet holiday.
Dong Ho painting has existed since time immemorial, which is a typical cultural feature of Bac Ninh people. What is special about Dong Ho painting was show by its lines, layout, colors and paper.
– Dong Ho painting paper is made from phloem – a tree named Do and the shell of the scallops (after crushing the scallops) mixed with the glue (glutinous rice flour, glutinous rice or tapioca) and then sweep on the surface of the paper by Pine leaf. Bright white paper, sparkling when out of light.
– The color of paintings is taken entirely from nature without color mixing, only 4 basic colors are green (taken from indigo or rusted copper), black (charcoal), yellow (taken from luscious) and red (obtained from red gravel …). Depending on the hobby and the intensity of the painting, people will bold to highlight or fade details in the painting.
Taken entirely from nature, the painting color of Dong Ho painting is simple but very special, not to be confused with any other paintings. Up to now, Dong Ho paintings are still preserved, developed and recognized as a national intangible culture.
People in Dong Ho Village, Song Ho Commune, Thuan Thanh District, Bac Ninh Province see the Dong Ho paintings as their breath, rhythm of life. The paintings depict everyday life with the desire for a harmonious family life, love for people, a life of abundance, comfort, prosperity, happiness or like willpower in life.