Villagers fish for business with pots

With his bicycle laden with dozens of fish traps, Mr Luong Van Hoa, 65, cycles towards the village of Thu Sy in Vietnam's northern Hung Yen province.

Making these traps - called fish pots - is a 200-year-old tradition in Thu Sy, located about 60km from Hanoi.

The young, old and even disabled gather to weave these pots in between harvests. Children from as young as five are taught the skill.

It takes about 30 minutes to weave one pot, which is made of old bamboo that has been split and whittled down to thin strips.

While the fish pots are gradually being replaced by more modern and efficient fishing methods, they still form the village's main source of income.

Every year, Thu Sy supplies about 650,000 fish pots to neighbouring provinces such as Bac Ninh and Hai Duong. Each pot sells for 40,000 dong (S$2.40).

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2018, with the headline 'Villagers fish for business with pots'. Print Edition | Subscribe