Vietnamese folk paintings offer an interesting combination of traditional cultural values with ancient artistic methods molded through the efforts of the previous generations.
These can be categorized as Tet holiday and Worshipping paintings.
The journey of Vietnamese folk paintings began from the past and continues till the present.
During the Ly Dynasty (12th century), there were many artists engaged in woodblock printing.
However, in the beginning of the Le So Dynasty, the Chinese technique of printing on boards was adopted and improved by the Vietnamese artists.
Folk paintings are classified into various genres depending on various artistic styles, drawing-printing technique as well as the materials used.
Though every style is different, shapes are created based on the concepts of tuyen binh do (single line-simple designs) or thuan tay hay mat (easy to draw and to see).
In folk paintings, the deities are portrayed on a larger scale in comparison to ordinary human beings.
These unique features make them highly impressive.
Continuous cultural exchange over the years has lent a traditional aspect to Vietnamese folk paintings.
The paintings of Do Ho are famous.
Do Ho is the only village where artists create paintings using completely natural materials.
These are known for the durability of their colors which have been extracted from various kinds of trees.
Do Ho paintings are considered as the symbol of Vietnam and the village has successfully sustained this reputation for centuries.
Besides Do Ho, Hang Trong paintings are known for their deification of natural phenomena.
These worship paintings, unlike Do Ho paintings, are handmade.
Besides, Chinese drawings have cast significant influence on Hang Trong paintings.
Amongst Vietnamese art paintings, folk painting owns a long-standing tradition.
This painting style continues to impress generations and is deeply embedded in the souls of the Vietnamese people.