Our horn pieces begin as gigantic, ethically gathered water buffalo horns, which residents of this Vietnamese village have used for centuries to make unique arts and crafts. The Artisans cut each piece in half and then stick patterns to the back side of the horn to indicate how it needs to be cut. Talented craftsmen maneuver the horn pieces over a table saw to carve them into different shapes. Once the basic shape is complete, another Artisan buffs and smooths the horn, then hollows out the fibers inside using a special machine. The talented women of the group finish the pieces by stringing them into unique designs, adding paint and dyes, and shining each piece to perfection.
May 12, 2014