An exhibition featuring art works using Vietnamese traditional “do” (poonah) paper was opened in Hanoi on May 22.

On display are 71 contemporary art works created by Vietnamese calligrapher Xuan Nhu and painter Yoyo from the Republic of Korea , many of them going public for the first time.

Director of the Hanoi-based Korean Cultural Centre Park Nark Jong said the exhibition follows the success of a similar event showcasing the RoK’s handicrafts made of its traditional “hanji” paper in April.

The centre wants to host more activities to increase the mutual understanding and cultural-art exchanges between the two countries, he said.

The “do” paper exhibition is expected to help visitors understand better about the development of this traditional material which serves as the base for a magical mixture of tradition and modern in the art works.

“Do” paper has been used to paint or write, as seen in the renowned Dong Ho paintings, calligraphy and water colour paintings or for documenting about past dynasties and family annals.

It comes from the bark of the poonah trees in northern provinces such as Yen Bai, Lao Cai, Thai Nguyen and Cao Bang.

It takes several complicated and precise processes to make “do” paper, and these include selecting the material, soaking in water, pounding and flattening poonah pulp into paper and drying it inside the house.

At the opening ceremony, calligrapher Xuan Nhu and painter Yoyo explained the meaning of their works to visitors.

The exhibition will run until June 12 at the Korean Cultural Centre at 49 Nguyen Du Street.-VNA