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Paper’s history

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Paper history

Paper first appeared in Vietnam in the 3rd century, but Dó paper originated in the 13th century. It is manufactured through a complex process consisting of up to 100 steps. We can find different kinds of Dó paper, such as the Sắc paper for example. Dó paper is known for being very durable and resilient, with a slightly textured surface.

Although holding a lot of cultural and historical values, the practice of making Dó and Sắc papers is at risk of disappearing. Modern society has lost touch with its own traditions, and the industrialization didn’t help either. The Vietnamese traditional craft is extremely rich in terms of variety and quality, but many professions and craft villages have now disappeared over time, including some types of paper making, which is now a fading tradition.

Zó hopes to revive this practice by applying this timeless craft in contemporary uses. We are promoting creativity through artistic yet practical products made from Dó paper, as well as holding events and workshops that will familiarize younger generations with the tradition.


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