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Painting the town red

Text & photos by The Ky

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In the heart of Le Minh Xuan Commune, Binh Chanh District, HCMC lies a 100-year-old incense-making village where skilled artisans turn their craft into a living masterpiece. Here, the art of incense-making transcends the realm of scent and permeates the very streets themselves.

As the incense sticks’ slender stems bask in the warm sunlight, a mesmerizing transformation takes place. The sun’s gentle touch casts a scarlet hue upon the pathways, effectively turning these ordinary streets into an open-air gallery, where vibrant colors and fragrant aromas converge.

Incense sticks are arranged in rows, ensuring thorough drying
The sunlight plays a crucial role in the natural drying process of these incense sticks
Some sticks find their place within a specialized ventilation house, enhancing productivity
Incense sticks are meticulously coated in fragrant powder, reaching their final exquisite form

Bunches of these beautifully crafted incense sticks are artfully tied together

The finished products are then carefully transported to the packaging phase

A stockpile of incense powder awaits its transformation within the bustling factory

A stockpile of incense powder awaits its transformation within the bustling factory
The dye of the incense sticks leaves a colorful mark on the surrounding fence
The artistry of the crafters’ hands is unmistakable, painted a rich shade of red by their work

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