Ninh Hai Commune in Hoa Lu District has been famous all over the country for its lace embroidery. It is said that this is the land of lace embroidery.
Legend has it that King Tran Thai Tong abdicated in favor of his son when he was 40 years old in 1258. He became the King’s father and went to Vu Lan Mount area to live a religious life (in Ninh Hai Commune, Hoa Lu District). He also set up a base to lead the second war of resistance against the armed force of Yuan-Mong Dynasty (the Chinese dynasty founded by the Mongolian ruler Kublai Khan) in 1285. Madam Tran Thi Dung was the Great Tutor Tran Thu ‘s wife, she came to teach Van Lam Hamlet people her skill of lace embroidery. Thus, this profession has been here for 700 years.
Currently, in Ninh Hai Commune every family has many kinds of embrodery frames, some frames are as big as a mat, some are as small as a hand. The skilful embroidery worker has made fine-art works from small threads and big and small colorful cloths. Embroidery patterns are exquisite and charming, they are also very lively and smooth as they are painted. Lace-embrodery productst are diverse ; such as bed-spreads, curtains, pillow-covers, tabler-covers, napkin, handkerchief, paintings and photos.