Saturday, February 9, 2013

35: Thu Phap

Thu Phap is the national style of Vietnam, where calligraphers for centuries have been forming the Roman alphabet with the strokes of the Asian brush.  This first, and best, fusion of East and West is still a national treasure, showcased during the New Year by calligraphers who line the sidewalk at special streets in Hanoi, Hue, and Ho Chi Minh City. 

I am just beginning to learn this style.  

A young woman in traditional North Vietnamese dress offers New Year greetings to order in Hanoi 
just outside the Temple of Knowledge. 

Hold the brush upright and vary the pressure.  Red is the traditional color of celebration.  

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