I’ve just returned from a very productive and inspiring trip to Vietnam. It was nice to reconnect with our producers.
While in Hanoi, I had the opportunity to visit a family home in the village, which I’ve not had time to do before. After visiting the family altar and refreshing the yellow chrysanthemums, which were his mother’s favorite flower, we had tea
and a traditional guest lunch, with special dishes. We visited all the brothers, who each have a connection to the work we do there, and the chicken and pig farm… in Vietnam, it is rare if everyone in the family does not have a role in whatever the business is.
More impacting than the 100 year old home, was the warmth and kindness of the family that I visited for the day…
There is so much exciting development and change happening in Ho Chi Minh City that it seems like warp speed.
Several of the young people that I met while out sourcing were young children when we lived there…1996 seemed long ago! Lots of creative energy in the city and interesting design mix with traditional skills of embroidery, crochet, silk and fiber weaving. I was fortunate to have a chance to see some old friends at the Operation Smile event which raised a generous amount of money for the next medical event in the Southern province.
I made some wonderful new connections and extended my stay a week to be able to meet up with several new groups for us, from Cambodia and Laos. We will be bringing lots of the new things from this trip to the TNNA Booth in Columbus, and look forward to seeing many of you there. In the meantime, stay tuned, as there are new and exciting developments to our website!
Creative Director of Lantern Moon