Get Something Crafty
Located on the corner of Van Mieu and Ngo Tat To streets and next door to Dai Thanh Mon – or the Temple of Literature in Hanoi, is Craft Link souvenir shop. This well-run shop is worth stopping by for unique yet beautiful Vietnamese crafts. Set in a heritage building, the two-storied shop house has impressive collections of tribal textiles, embroidered pillowcases, purses, silk scarves, woodworks, lacquer, chopsticks and handicrafts of the finest quality and decently priced. True to its name, Craft Link serves as a bridge for local craftsmanship to market their goods on the fair trade principle. It helps Vietnamese craftspeople – mostly ethnic groups scattered across the country gain more from their unique yet beautiful crafts and culture. Craft Link also collaborates with the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi to preserve skills among tribal groups, the puppet-making craft, and traditional ceramics.