A Hanoi handicraft design competition, the fourth of its kind, was launched in Hanoi on June 22, declared Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Industry and Trade Dam Tien Thang.

The competition will run from June-October, encouraging participating individuals and organisations across the city to develop unlimited designs of high economic and artistic values.

It is also to develop the sustainability and diversity of local handicrafts.

Entries will be displayed for free at four booths at the 2015 Hanoi handicrafts and gifts fair slated for October.

The organising board will provide competitors with funding for training and adoption of advanced manufacturing equipment.

The winning products will be wholly funded to appear at an international handicraft fair overseas next year.

Held annually from 2012-2014, the competition has attracted 300 competitors and generated 800 new designs, many of them have gained popularity at home and abroad.-VNA