Khen (panpipes) plays a significant role in the culture and spiritual life of the Mong ethnic minority people in the northernmost province of Ha Giang. People have therefore spared no effort to make khen and teach younger generations how to play the instrument.
There are no common standards for Khen making, but the craft requires ingenuity, patience, and experience. (Photo: VNA)
Khen gourds are usually made of pine wood, kim giao (a type of conifer), and po mu (Fokienia). (Photo: VNA)
Each khen features six bamboo tubes of different length and width, placed closely together with one end connected to a gourd. (Photo: VNA)
The khen’s shape, structure, and sound make it unique. Of particular interest, sound is produced from both inhaling and exhaling. (Photo: VNA)