Life in Colour 21 – GOLD

Linked to HeyJude’s Colour challenge here.

While in Vietnam we visited a school where children disabled by landmines were being taught skills they could use in later life. Some were being taught ceramics, some embroidery and tapestry, some carpentry and carving, some silverwork and other traditional skills. To my eyes they were all experts at what they were doing.

Here the young people are being taught the skills of applying gold leaf. I tried it myself and made a total hash of it, much to the amusement of the students. It requires a good eye and a steady hand, not to mention extreme patience.

Applying gold leaf to a painting.
The teacher marks the results of the students gold-leaf applications to the interior of bowls and to Buddha statues.