Silk is the most precious finery of the orient. Of all the natural fibers, silk has the greatest affinity for color, yielding shimmering, brilliantly-hued fabrics.
In Vietnam, there are three main areas being well-known for silk production: Vạn Phúc Silk Village in Ha Dong, Cổ Chât Village in Thuong Tin, and Bao Loc Village in Lam Dong. Silk production may be just a family affair, a co-operative, or even a larger business like silk factory in Bao Loc, of which family production is most prevalent.
The production of silk is rather sophisticated. It can be briefly described as follows:
The future of silk production in Vietnam looks promising, with new innovations and technologies on the horizon. Silk production is expected to move away from traditional methods in many areas in favor of high-tech and high-production technologies.
Silk products from Vietnam find consumers in the domestic market and are also heavily exported to foreign countries in which the United States is the biggest market for Vietnamese silk as well as textiles in general, with approximately 20% of Vietnam’s exports going to the US annually (data source: USDA)