Vietnam’s chicken feather cleaners face stiff competition from synthetic dusters
HANOI: Fluffy, soft and easy to purchase off the back of a bike: Vietnam’s chicken feather dusters have actually ruled the roost for generations. But artisans fear for their future as buyers rely on less expensive alternatives.The dusters, common throughout the country’s leafy capital, have long been a staple in Vietnamese the homes of clear cobwebs from ancestral altars or hard-to-reach corners of the house.But today, low-cost artificial dusters have flooded the marketplace
-the current increase of mass-produced items to chip away at conventional artisans’earnings. “We do not make as much money as we could in other tasks, however I do this task to keep my
household custom alive,” Nguyen Huy Tho, 36, informed AFP near his stuffy garage, filled with hanging lines of feather plumes.His household has been making the dusters for more than a century, and unlike his five sisters who all operate in workplace jobs or as teachers, he chose to follow in his dad’s steps after graduating from college. A Vietnamese employee lots chicken plumes together to make a plume
duster.(Image: AFP)It was once a skyrocketing trade. Tho used to make about $350 per month selling the dusters, but today profits are down by a third.His 85-year-old grandfather, who still assists out on event, says numerous youths are now trying to find better-paying jobs.”Many people now believe about making good money, but this job bores, like making a toothpick,” Nguyen Huy De informed AFP.Each duster takes about two hours to make, and they offer on the streets of Hanoi for about $7.
, households sold feathers to door-to-door collectors after a chicken feast, with sales surging around traditional holidays.But today Tho’s household buys feathers from chicken wholesalers, as the duty of eliminating chickens has actually mainly moved out of the home.Even though the feathers are much easier to find, there’s just about 10 households still making the dusters in Tho’s Trieu Khuc village on the borders of Hanoi, as soon as a prominent hub for the trade.It’s not simply households like Tho’s feeling the squeeze.Vendor Nguyen Minh Quang says sales have dipped in recent years, however he still cycles 50 kilometres(30 miles)into Hanoi daily
to peddle the dusters.”Now that there are plastic dusters in the market, fewer standard feather dusters are offered. I don’t get much loan selling them, and I get truly tired cycling to Hanoi every day.”