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Ancient Craft of Paper Masks Workshop

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Create a traditional paper mask, as distinct and recognizable as the full moon during the Mid-Autumn Festival, during this exclusive visit to a special gem in the backstreets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Make your own colorful mask with the only couple continuing the age-old custom.

In addition to molding and painting a mask, learn about the important Mid-Autumn Festival and the paper masks, a favorite toy among Vietnamese children. On the night of the festival, gleeful children parade around the neighborhood wearing colorful masks as they carry bobbing lanterns to illuminate the streets—a sort of equivalent of trick-or-treating at Halloween.

Using vibrant colors, paint a mask to take home with you and discover how wearing these pieces—entirely handmade and lingering with the faint smell of paper and glue—is a cherished tradition and now a dying art. Since the piece you created takes a few days to dry under the sun, paint a ready-made mask during this workshop with the only couple continuing this centuries-old custom.

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