Located 30km south of Ha Noi, Từ Vân village in Ha Noi’s outlying district of Thuong Tin is famous for embroidery and weaving. It has made millions of national flags on special occasions. On September 2, 1945, tens of thousands of red flags donning the gold star blanketed Ba Dinh Square where President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence. Most were made by Tu Van villagers.


In the seven decades that have passed, there are not that many families in the village still making flags, however for those that do, the trade provides them a steady income and a chance to demonstrate their patriotism and national pride.

Although making national flags does not require much skill, the tailors need to be meticulous in their work to make sure each flag accords with state regulations. Each step requires thorough attention.