Pac Rang, Phuc Sen Blacksmith Village
Phuc Sen village is in Phuc Sen commune, Quang Uyen District, Cao
Bang Province. It has long been known throughout the country for farm
equipment forging traditions, tied to the life of Nung people, and has
become a distinctive culture of this land.
Phuc Sen Commune has 10 villages with 400 households and more than 2,000 people, mostly ethnic Nung with typically indigo clothes. The main road in the commune have been turned concrete, but their stilt houses and their traditional ways of life is still intact.
Under floor is the space for forging and to store farming tools like tractors, corn granary ... Upstairs separated by wood/bamboo floor, the altar in the middle of the house, stove, guest receiving, bed room are also in this floor ... There are many new houses built recently but still keep the traditional style.
Forging in Phuc Sen has been practiced more than 1,000 years, generation to generation. There are about 150 smithy family, spread in six villages: Phia Chang tren, Phia Chang duoi, Dau Co, Pac Rang, Tinh Dong and Lung Vai that formed famous black smith Phuc Sen village.
In Phuc Sen village all are just craft workers, mainly based on long experience, from selecting raw materials for steel making their way to apply know-how to create products such as knives, scissors, hoes, sickles ... with good quality, be trusted by labor consumers.
A "shop" with diverse forged tools on the road along Pac Rang, Phuc Sen village
Pac Rang, Phuc Sen village
Traditional houses of Nung people in Pac Rang, Phuc Sen village
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