With raw materials from jackfruit wood and buffalo skin, the artisan here will manipulate into a drum cost up to tens of millions of VND supplied to provinces across the country.
Doi Tam drum village (Ha Nam), which is famous for its drum making has been passed down for a long time, passed down from generation to generation. During the 1,000-year anniversary of Thang Long-Hanoi, Doi Tam contributed nearly 2,000 large and small drums, including the largest drum in Vietnam and the region with a height of 3.1m, a diameter of 2.35m, weighs about 1,300kg.
Recognized by Dan Tri in the early Tet days in Doi Tam drum village, which has been recognized as “Vietnam’s typical craft village”, people at the factories here are busy producing drums to supply. market.
Raw materials for drumming include jackfruit wood and buffalo skin. According to the workers here, wood is purchased from many places, mainly Hoa Binh, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, and buffalo skin is imported from slaughterhouses in Nam Dinh and some neighboring provinces.
To create a complete drum, the villagers of Doi Tam have to go through three main stages: Skin making, funeral and drumming. The drum skin is made of buffalo skin. Buffalo skin is shaved to thin the embryo and then dried.
The drum is made of dry jackfruit wood, bent sawn. Each tree is divided into many chips.The drummer will make the chips stick together with milk glue, forming a tight, tight, round drum. Blank chips are not allowed to be connected because they will affect the sound.The empty frames are erected after the mount is polished.Holding the drum is the most important step, deciding the drum sound. The worker will stretch the buffalo skin on the drum surface and then use a bolt or bamboo nail to fix it on the drum body.The craftsman steps on the drum after being covered with buffalo skin.The mechanic will proceed to shave off the hair after attaching the skin to the drum.Image of the drum after being completed and ready to be painted.
Drums sold in the market fluctuate at many prices depending on the size and material from 1 million to several tens of million. According to Mrs. Men – a longtime drummer said that if the drum is expensive or cheap, it depends on the wooden funeral. Same material from jackfruit wood but drum, the cheapest is the white tang (jackfruit grass), and the high price is 100% that the jackfruit core does not have deep and the eyes (is the full selection) are yellow and dark The price is much higher, maybe 3 to 4 times higher than normal.
The drum job here is not only a livelihood of a part of the workforce but also preserves and spreads the traditional cultural beauty of the Doi Tam drum village to people across the country when the Doi Tam drums are everywhere. regions.