Posted on by Le Nguyet Minh

The ugly truth

After 2 days waiting, my mom finally called me to inform her trip to Chau Phong brocade village tomorrow which is 60 km away from where she stayed. There was no transportation to the village. The only option was the "xe om", typical Mekong motobike taxi. It costed more than we expect. But my desire for the truly Champa brocade is way bigger. I was so excited that I can't even sleep at night. 

The next day, after 3 hours on the "xe om", my mom has finally arrived at the Chau Phong brocade village. There are only 3 places that do traditional woven brocade. We were all disappointed to know that all the brocade products they are selling originally from China. There are only a few pieces handmade by Cham people. But they are totally not impressive as what we thought. They only made brocade sarongs that are pretty unpractical. There were a few tourists visiting the village and most of the frame looms just sit there for showcasing. I feel my heart broken to know about the ugly truth of the Vietnam traditional woven. They are forgotten like other traditional handicrafts. I said "Mom, I am not gonna give up on it. There must be someone out there like me trying their best to save the Vietnamese tradition handicraft!". After telling the leader of Cham handicraft village about our goal, he finally gave my mom a number of his sister who lives in another Champa village in Phan Rang. "She can help you" he said. My mom took another "xe om" to come back to our place. Guess it's done with her. It's my turn to discover the Champa culture and apply them to all the unfinished bikinis that laying on my table. I still make no money for months. Still a lot of unpaid bills. I am sitting here with my desire, my belief...

Yesterday, I was trying to ask around. I posted on Nha Trang expat group and they are all against my shooting idea. They said I am disrespectful, they get angry at me while I just want to bring the Champa culture & handicraft worldwide. I am all alone on my business journey. Luckily I have a French friend who lives in Phan Rang, I texted him and ask if there is any location with Champa background that I can do photoshoot. And he said it does exist in Phan Rang and showed me some photos of the location. I screamed loud and jumped up and down like a kid from Liem's favorite video "if you're happy and you know it jump your feet". I ran to the TV and put on some champa music to boost my inspiration up. I found a Champa homestay which is amazing for my journey but It's fully book. I went on their facebook and sent a longest message about my idea, that this trip will be very important to me to see if they can help. I have no idea how it going. I am sitting on my working desk, barely breathe and waiting for the magic. 

It has been more than 2 hours of waiting, I visited my facebook and realized that the message to them has been seen and no reply. It hurts me a lot. But again I am not gonna give up!

 

The ugly truth

After 2 days waiting, my mom finally called me to inform her trip to Chau Phong brocade village tomorrow which is 60 km away from where she stayed. There was no transportation to the village. The only option was the "xe om", typical Mekong motobike taxi. It costed more than we expect. But my desire for the truly Champa brocade is way bigger. I was so excited that I can't even sleep at night. 

The next day, after 3 hours on the "xe om", my mom has finally arrived at the Chau Phong brocade village. There are only 3 places that do traditional woven brocade. We were all disappointed to know that all the brocade products they are selling originally from China. There are only a few pieces handmade by Cham people. But they are totally not impressive as what we thought. They only made brocade sarongs that are pretty unpractical. There were a few tourists visiting the village and most of the frame looms just sit there for showcasing. I feel my heart broken to know about the ugly truth of the Vietnam traditional woven. They are forgotten like other traditional handicrafts. I said "Mom, I am not gonna give up on it. There must be someone out there like me trying their best to save the Vietnamese tradition handicraft!". After telling the leader of Cham handicraft village about our goal, he finally gave my mom a number of his sister who lives in another Champa village in Phan Rang. "She can help you" he said. My mom took another "xe om" to come back to our place. Guess it's done with her. It's my turn to discover the Champa culture and apply them to all the unfinished bikinis that laying on my table. I still make no money for months. Still a lot of unpaid bills. I am sitting here with my desire, my belief...

Yesterday, I was trying to ask around. I posted on Nha Trang expat group and they are all against my shooting idea. They said I am disrespectful, they get angry at me while I just want to bring the Champa culture & handicraft worldwide. I am all alone on my business journey. Luckily I have a French friend who lives in Phan Rang, I texted him and ask if there is any location with Champa background that I can do photoshoot. And he said it does exist in Phan Rang and showed me some photos of the location. I screamed loud and jumped up and down like a kid from Liem's favorite video "if you're happy and you know it jump your feet". I ran to the TV and put on some champa music to boost my inspiration up. I found a Champa homestay which is amazing for my journey but It's fully book. I went on their facebook and sent a longest message about my idea, that this trip will be very important to me to see if they can help. I have no idea how it going. I am sitting on my working desk, barely breathe and waiting for the magic. 

It has been more than 2 hours of waiting, I visited my facebook and realized that the message to them has been seen and no reply. It hurts me a lot. But again I am not gonna give up!