Thanks to the wide diversity of wood species and to the carpenters and
joinersâ€™ know-how, the houses, furniture and all the wooden objects are
still made locally. One of the most famous wood species in the Lao Cai
area is peumou (Fokienia Hodginsii), a species of slow-growing cypress
whose wood is rot-proof. Chinese buyers have been paying a heavy price
for it for over a century.
Rattan and bamboo are the raw materials used for basketwork. Each
ethnic group and each area has its own techniques and own patterns. The
Tays' are square-shaped, often decorated with floral patterns, while
the Dao's (Mien) and the Lao's are raised designs with colour strokes.