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5 Ways To Distinguish The Handicraft Products Of The Ethnic Groups In Sapa And Chinese Products

The tourists always want to buy locals are imported when traveling anywhere, . To help the tourists can choose the authentic products made by the locals in Sapa-Lao Cai, we will show you 5 different characteristics between Sapa’s products and China’s products buy something for their family and friends as a present.



Sapa’s handicraft products: Because they are woven from flax, passed through a lot of steps such as threading lines, weaving clothes, dyeing indigo, the clothes quality is quite rough, hard and having indigo. In addition the threads are sparse in order that they can count the threads simply while embroidering patterns.

Chinese products: The cloth’s quality is soft, colourful (blue, red, purple, yellow, etc) .The weave is very thick and uniform woven thickly and evenly


Sapa’s handicrafts:  The main ones are blue, yellow, black and red. All of these are quite harmonious, restful eyes, not too brilliant and motley.

Chinese handicrafts: They are pallet with different colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, purple and so on as the rainbow. They are quite brilliant and less skillful.



Sapa’s handicrafts: They have simple patterns as spirals, pumpkin trees, pine trees and cross… These are the symbols of agricultural life attaching to  mountainous images and local life.

Chinese handicrafts: They often imitate the designs and simulate the models of Sa Pa above. In addition, there are a lot of different images like flowers, butterflies or birds.

Embroidery stitches

Sapa’s handicrafts: This is the most importance to distinguish between two kinds of handicrafts. When touching, you can feel the visible patterns very clearly. Because the handicraft products of ethnic people in Sapa are embroidered by hands with steady threats and the reverse of product has pretty much knots.

Chinese handicrafts: The stitches are quite thin and loose, So they make us feel that they will be torn easily. How to easily identify embroidery products by machine, in the middle of the embroidery lines have horizontal stitches, and having a lot of knots linked to the patterns. This is the distinct expression of machine embroidery.



Sapa’s handicrafts: Their prices are often higher than Chinese products. Because they is handmade products with detailed and painstaking steps, they take a lot of time and efforts, so . If two products are the same kind and different cost, you should consider to buy the higher one.

Chinese handicrafts: The price of the imported from China is cheaper than the Sapa handmade products. Because they are obviously produced by machines,the cheap raw materials.


These are five characteristics to distinguish between handicrafts of Sapa and handicrafts of China. Hope you will get the good products.

Nguyễn Mạnh Tưởng – TIPC Lao Cai

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