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The last silver engraver on Po Ly Ngai mountain

Last update: 17:00 | 06/01/2018

Chang Thanh To living on Po Ly Ngai peak in Hoang Su Phi district, Ha Giang province, is the single silver graver who can make 12 sets of traditional jewelries for Nung ethnic brides.


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Weighing silver before making jewelry. Although silver jewelry making is known as a traditional craft of the Nung ethnic minority group in Hoang Su Phi district, only few people know how to carve antique patterns on silver jewelry


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Chang Thanh To at work 

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A step to shape silver 

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Laminating silver to make jewelry 

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Shaping a fish 

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Jewelry in the shapes of fish, bird and crab is popular for the Nung in Hoang Su Phi 

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Chang Thanh To engraves patterns on a bracelet with the help of his wife 


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He uses pine resin for shaping 

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Children in the village watch while To is working

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A traditional necklace of the Nung made by To 

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Another beautiful jewelry made by To 

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It takes To weeks to make such a sophisticated brooch 

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A relative of To sells his jewelry in the local market of Vinh Quang district

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To's jewelry lures Nung women going to the market 

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Nung people wear jewelry not only in festive events but while working as well 



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