Tò He

In Cam Ha Ward, Hoi An ancient town, more than 500 years, there is a village branded Thanh Ha Pottery with ceramic floral tiles, red ceramic lanterns, “tò he” such as animals, sculptures, masks… used for interior and exterior decoration. “Tò he” is molded in the shape of a pagoda bridge, moss roof, twelve animals are doing in front of the curious eyes of tourists…Selling “Tò he” is a long traditional culture of Thanh Ha Pottery Village –Hoi An ancient town. We do not since when this hobby become an important place in tourist’s hearts everytime they visist Hoi An ancient town.

Every day starting from 7.00 am to 9.00 pm, the store is always served. Bestselling is in the summer. Ms. Le Thi Ha (Thanh Ha, Hoi An town) said that selling “Tò he” is fun, relived and has chances to meet up with foreigners and increase their income. Each “Tò he”is from VND 2,000- 20,000 depending on the size and the significance of that animal.

Animals in group of four animal warriors are often interested by tourists and they buy to display in the office or Buddha statue to display in the living room… Besides that, there are things meant traditional games. The origin of the word “Tò he”, Ms. Ha explained that it is very old, fathers made it of clay and created many shapes of animals, then made a hold and baked, mouth blown and made loud should. And they called it “Tò he”

Most of residents in Thanh Ha Pottery Village are keeping this traditional village. Husbands clay and bake “Tò he”and their wives sell them in town. Ms. Ha said that their average income is about several hundreds of thousands and most of their buyers are foreigners.

People thought that this is a traditional game but it is a livelihood of many people. For every one visiting to Hoi An, the first eye is maybe“Tò he”. In each “Tò he” basket, there is also a ancient town’s soul and it contributes cultural beauty for Hoi An ancient town.

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