Champa culture on display in Hanoi

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Champa artists are currently displaying their works and culture at an exhibition that lasts until June 11.

"Champa culture space" exhibits 50 pottery items that illustrate the development of Champa pottery through the ages.

What's special about the pottery is that no item is the copy of another. They were all hand-made, without using a turning table. Various artists that used different materials and fired the items at varying temperatures mean that all items are unique.

Among the other items on show are Champa writings that appeared by 192 AD, pieces of literature including 150-year-old books, looms and traditional broca patterns.

Champa people are renowned for their excellent handicrafts, especially pottery and weaving.

Visitors will be introduced to traditional Cham weaving, performed by Thuan Thi Tru, also known as "the golden hands of Vietnam's broca", who has collected more than 30 weaving patterns of the Cham people that would have otherwise been lost.

Cham poet Inrasara and many other Cham artists are co-organizing the exhibition which is being held at Trung Nguyen creativity club house at 36 Dien Bien Phu Street, Ba Dinh, Hanoi.

The Indianized kingdom of Champa controlled the now southern and central regions of Vietnam from around the 7th century to 1832. Now, the community of around 200,000 members is scattered around Ninh Thuan and Binh Thuan provinces along the south central coast.

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