I guess everybody likes a bit of souvenir shopping while on holidays in a new place. Cute handcrafted things are my weakness and knowing this I always try to restrain myself in order not to go overboard and usually look for figurines of cats for my collection and for some interesting bijouterie or silver jewelry pieces. Have to confess however that seldom my purchases come to nothing more than those only. Same happened to me in Hoi An, too. There is such a big choice of beautiful handmade things for sale and the prices are so attractive that it is really hard not to go nuts with souvenir shopping in this town. Ceramic vases, colourful lanterns, patchwork toys, wooden ships, lacquered boxes, embroidered paintings, coconut jewelry, paper cut cards, pure silk scarfs, marble Buddhas - anyone can find something to one's taste.
Besides the skirt, what else did I buy in Hoi An? Here are my purchases
Ceramic vases, a marble cat figurine and a paper cut card (closed and opened view). Surprisingly, it was rather problematic to find a cat figurine. I don't know whether the Vietnamese don't like cats or simply don't find them worthy of their attention. More popular themes are dragons, Happy Buddha and, unexpectedly, pigs. Anyway, I was lucky to find this greenish marble figurine on our last day in Hoi An, in the shop near the Marble Mountains.
And finally: a bunch of lacquered coconut jewelry: three pairs of earrings, a necklace, a ring and a bangle (not shown here); silver fish earrings; and silver marble pendant. Also bought a couple of wooden and marble bracelets, a shell hand mirror (forgot to take photos of them) and a light delicate pure silk scarf (will show some other time).
I really enjoyed my shopping in Vietnam. And if I ever come there again there are still many things that I would like to buy.