Vietnam Traditional handmade paper – Do paper – Vietnamese name: giấy Dó (Dó paper) is made from bark of trees (such as paper, as listed under the process …), craft handed down through many generations in a village in Vietnam. Do paper is used to use for painting in the folk arts of Vietnam, especially to make paper for Dong Ho paintings, or storage of materials, thanks to its many advantages, most notably of the paper is the durability over time (upto 1000 years).

Nowadays, in Vietnam, the art of creating this beautiful paper has been almost forgotten because of the diminishment in the demand for such the product. The reason is that the industrialization in Vietnam has been developed quickly during the last 30 years.Therefore, Zó has made our effort to preserve this local knowledge and made it alive one more time in our modern life. Process of making Do paper is quite laborious. To get one thin, porous and light Do sheet, the artisan has to take a month.

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Do papers are dryed in the sun.

Due to the characteristics of Do paper is soft, color catching, Do paper is easier to dye. The colorful paper will have higher applicability. Under the creative hands of artisans, Do paper has more natural colors, eye-catching with just 3 basic steps.

Step 1: Cut dyed materials. Then rinsed, drained

List of dyeing materials:

1. Peristrophe roxburghiana for pink color

2. Climbing spinach fruit for purple color

3. Purple cabbage light purple color

4. Roucou for red color

5. Fibraurea recisa for yellow color


Step 2: Put ingredients in a separate pot, and begin to boil and then let simmer this for 1 hour.

Step 3: Dye white papers with prepared colored water. Then dry them in the sun

After three steps, we will obtain a variety of paper with eye-catching colors. From that, they are developed into a lot of interesting products by Zo projects such as lamp, fans, notebooks, calendars, earrings, …

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Earing with natural colors made from Do paper

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Natural Colorful Do Fans
Natural Colorful Do Fans


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