“Binh an diem hen” (The Peaceful Rendezvous) class on Hao Nam Street, Hanoi, was opened by Nguyen Thi Thu two years ago and has attracted students of different ages.
Nguyen Thi Thu acknowledged that her passion for papaya carving started about 30 years ago.
She decided to open the class with the aim of preserving an artistic craft of traditional women in Hanoi and transferring it to flower enthusiasts.
To look natural and realistic work, papayas should be peeled, slit, cut and bended to form petals, and then coloured. It often takes from 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete a decorative product, depending on how meticulous the maker is.
Each product made from papaya is a unique work resulting from the imagination and deftness of the maker. It can be pink peach blossoms, yellow chrysanthemums or purple water lilies.
Hoang Thi Minh Thu said that she was really happy when she goes to the class. There, she is taught to form beautiful flowers as well as having the opportunity to make friends with people with the same artistic enthusiasm.
The class has become a rendezvous during weekends for many as it helps release the worrisome concerns of daily life.