Friday, June 19, 2009

Grasshoppers can be cute!

Vietnam has a deep-rooted agricultural culture. Back in the good old days, when children didn't have (and weren't spoiled by) many toys and computer games, their parents made them toys from the coconut trees in in the backyard, like this cute grasshopper. The children adored them so much that they would play with them when the coconut leaf of the grasshopper still looks fresh and then press these toys in their books to keep them for a very long time.

Only young coconut leaves are used to fold into different kinds of toys (pretty much a Vietnamese version of origami). This folk art used to be so popular that almost everyone knows how to make grasshoppers, birds, prawns, roses or hat out of coconut leaves.

These days, these coconut toys becomes a must-have goody for all tourist in Vietnam, and kids who grew up in the city like me also love them since they tell a story of a sweet childhood of living in the countryside that they don't have.


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