Do Khai Ly, 22, has returned from a long trip as an ‘ambassador’ of the Hoi An silk village to take part in several international silk conferences in Thailand and China.
As the youngest guest, Ly proudly told many stories about Vietnamese silk to around 500 foreign experts and artisans.
After her graduation from a university in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang, the girl spent nearly three years working in the Hoi An silk village to learn more about the history, culture, and weaving of this fine soft thread.
Ly said international guests initially had almost no interest in the Vietnamese silk, as Vietnam’s products are less popular than those of China, Japan, France, or Italy.
“What makes people pay attention to our silk is how we produce and preserve it,” Ly explained.
Hoi An used to be a harbor town and was part of a marine ‘Silk Road,’ which helps this land maintain its traditional value in producing silk, Ly said.
What surprised her most during the trip was meeting many young designers aged from 22 to 25 who have created many amazing silk products.
“In Vietnam, silk is not a popular product due to its high cost and complexity in terms of preserving, alongside a limited working environment where young designers lack the opportunity to show off their talent,” Ly said.
Vietnamese youngsters need more chances to learn and work in a professional, promising environment, so they can create the most luring collections, she added.