It is no coincidence that in the Philippine coconut tree is called " tree of life " . In Malay , the coconut is known as " the thousands of trees " . Also in the Vietnam coconut , coconut to use in 1001 . Through the skillful hands , from the trunk of coconut , coconut shell , coconut , coconut shell , coconut scrub , plus coconut , coconut nan ... including how much for all the items of handicrafts was born. From kitchen utensils , dining table , bedroom , living room , combs for ladies , clubs for the elderly to things artistic symbols , bold aesthetics and Oriental philosophy .
Today, the product of Ben Tre has been exported to China, Taiwan , Cambodia , Laos and far more than the U.S., France , Canada , Australia ... The economic value of coconut handicraft goods benefit more significant for workers as jobs , raise incomes , contributing to the enrichment of their homeland .
The first exporters
Ben Tre is the basis for carrying out dozens of arts and crafts and caliber products exported to many countries of Asia , Europe and America as Thanh Binh Co. , basis Hung Tien, Tran Ngoc Tuan , Phuc Sang ( Chau Thanh ) , handicraft establishments Bank School , a private enterprise Yen Thanh , Thanh My ( Ben Tre city ) , fine Art Thanh Liem ( Mo Cay Nam ) , Thanh Nhan ( Giong Trom ) ... Also 's also kind of cooperative enterprises established in Phuoc Long ( Giong Trom ) and Ben Tre ( Quoi - Thanh Phu Dien ) . Each facility has on more than a dozen other active satellites are scattered throughout the district .
But it comes to the art of coconut incarnation of living things with much diversified , first of all, not to mention one of the first units of the School Bank with shopping bag with the stems of coconut ( instead of the raw materials rattan , bamboo ) . Products launched in 1987 . One day , by chance Cars . Trinh Van Y - Vice Chairman time to visit and see the O exchanged . School Budget : " This is the intellectual property of Ben Tre , you must preserve and promote , we would support ." His words are worth marking his initial success of the industry in particular and the production of handicrafts from coconut general!
People from the place or on the basis of information has poured his free way to learn basket weaving . Especially her children Hung Phong , Phuoc Long ( Giong Trom ) has now developed into a village craft basket weaving coconut leaf stalks . This item is for domestic consumption , in 1994 , it was officially exported to Taiwan . This type of production has been identified as one of the key economic sectors helping two people away from poverty alleviation , job creation and income generation for thousands of local workers . Cars . Nguyen Van Chien , Deputy Chairman of the Cooperative Hung Phong said , every one of this attack can make 7 thousand baskets . These commodities are increasingly favored by the market will be used to replace plastic packaging , hygiene contribute to the environment , to ensure the health of consumers . So , every year , the cooperative has millions of products to be routed through intermediaries to export .
Form imaginable , including that in film , animation , journalism is the " skilled farmers ' decision honed , shaped to be crafted from hundreds of unique products using coconut instead of other materials such as timber , plastic , aluminum , porcelain . Sources are endless coconut products produced by the creative and also based on the idea of promoting the value of their use in daily life , from kitchen utensils to office supplies , toys , pp. interior , building ...
By studying market demand , most institutions have identified this trend , more and more furniture occupies a certain position instead of the plastic products industry . Especially with coconut wood had unique than the others by its timber basis , so typical things that can not be replaced , just as a symbol of a proud nation , meaning attached Ben Tre with people both past and present . On the other hand , the product high artistic value of them can be up to tens of million / products .
Quality arts and crafts
The economic model be replicated in rural areas has contributed to implementation of the policy " Ly agricultural estate in exile ." However, because most of the workers come from farmers enlist idle labor time to earn extra income should still limited in the sense , style labor . Moreover, the attitude just as happy , satisfied with the results achieved long day lead to the establishment's reputation and the sophistication days eroded products , value products on the market also diminished . This is the reason why many traders afraid to put long-term export contracts with many small manufacturing facility in the area .
Campuses Bank Chairman said that workers still here is the notion of " do more " to less investment in operations management , development planning , study skills development , applied technology machinery in a number of stages in the production simply to save labor and improve productivity in the same unit of time .
On the other hand , although overseas markets consume 70 to 80 % of handicraft goods from Ben Tre coconut but the majority of producers and traders are very genuine concerns " the vast market that the source is not stable , in terms of both the number of quality " . Derived from unhealthy competition of some production facilities , production costs are pushed down lower than the market . Since then leads to reduced product quality . The expression of the poor quality items such as moldy quickly , broken , burst , exposure ... Moreover, with less psychologist experienced buyers , or buyers to snatch shooting style will generate export high benefit would choose cheap goods that do not care about durability , sophistication of the product . Fine art establishment owners Integrity real concern for the manufacturing sector as this sector of the market in a few years if such a state for a long time. Thus, the only way to attract and " retain " long-term customers is the basis of acceptance to sell cheap consumer goods , but also just trying to ensure the quality of goods to build reputation credit and many innovative new proprietary form of attractive facility to buyers .
Objectively , the extraction of coconut byproducts should not follow the same planning time can not provide enough raw materials to produce the amount of product for large contracts . However, in the future will not lack material for coconut growing chorus is over - cut down . It is important that small and medium enterprises need to be aware to stand on their own feet . Workers need to change behavior and consciousness of labor in industries producing handicrafts . The production is not only a passion that is enough to invest more in commercial ability to stimulate the economic efficiency of business sectors increasingly more far-reaching .