Ancient Printing Methods in Vietnam

Bronze-blocks at Sinh Village, Hue. Photo from Vietnam Heritage Photo Awards 2012. Photo: Hoang Huu Tu
Bronze-blocks at Sinh Village, Hue. Photo from Vietnam Heritage Photo Awards 2012. Photo: Hoang Huu Tu

Someone who prefers to remain anonymous sent in the photographs of two articles on the preservation of writing in the recent Heritage Magazine published in Vietnam. (Thank you!). I found the articles on the Internet and have decided to upload the VNHeritage articles for your reading. These non-academic articles have made me think about the early forms of printing on woodblocks and cloths in this region. (And what are the old and new methods used in the region where you live?).

When I worked in the archives, some publications of the early 20th century had pages which were so brittle that I had to hold my breath when turning them. Regardless of the preservation or printing methods that were used for the publications, it gladdened me of course to be able to trace language change and understand the various kinds of influences from the previous eras.

In any case I am grateful for the records and preservation. New techniques, such as digitisation, have really made research a great deal easier now and should be appreciated and more widely applied.

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