Visiting Smoked Bamboo Painting Village Xuan Lai – Bac Ninh

Visiting Smoked Bamboo Painting Village Xuan Lai

Xuan Lai village (Xuan Lai commune, Gia Binh district, Bac Ninh province) has been famous for a long time with the craft with bamboo material. From the close and sincere bamboo of the countryside, the craftsmen here have produced many items of high aesthetic value, serving not only domestic demand but also abroad. Smoked bamboo painting is a unique product that is loved by many domestic and foreign customers for its simplicity and sophistication.

When we follow the process of making these smoked bamboo products, we can see all the talents of Xuan Lai workers.

Visiting the smoked bamboo painting village Xuan Lai Bac Ninh

Talented features of Xuan Lai workers


With unique works such as in the middle of Xuan Lai village, there are communal roofs and pagodas with old multi-old roots shining peace like many other Northern villages.

Bamboo – the main material is scattered throughout the village roads. This bamboo is forest bamboo, brought by traders from Cao Bang, Thai Nguyen, Lang Son …

Visiting the smoked bamboo painting village Xuan Lai Bac Ninh

Bamboo – the main material is dried throughout the village


The craftsmen have quickly applied the machines to production, making the work much lighter than before.

Visiting the smoked bamboo painting village Xuan Lai Bac Ninh

The worker is using a bamboo drill

In Xuan Lai, there are families specializing in producing bamboo paintings. Types of paintings often drawn are rural landscape paintings, Dong Ho folk paintings.

Visiting the smoked bamboo painting village Xuan Lai Bac Ninh

The “Four precious” series of paintings of Dong Ho series are “inspired” to Xuan Lai’s paintings


The bamboo tubes are soaked in water after two or three months, then bring up the black color or the wings of cockroaches; Then split into pieces and then splinted into sheets with different sizes depending on the type of painting.

The worker uses a sharpened saw blade at one end to scrape the layers of the color of the cockroach wing caused by fire. This is a very special “drawing” of Xuan Lai village

Visiting the smoked bamboo painting village Xuan Lai Bac Ninh

A display corner of Xuan Lai’s paintings

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