Vietnam artist carves 2,022 tigers for Lunar New Year

This Vietnamese artist is carving 2,022 tigers

to celebrate the Lunar New Year

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

(SOUNDBITE) (Vietnamese) 39-YEAR-OLD ARTIST, NGUYEN TAN PHAT, SAYING:"I often introduce collections for the zodiac animal of the next year. It is going to be the Year of the Tiger soon. There are 2,022 (tigers) in this collection, which align with the number of this year. Also I am very fond of tigers as an animal, as they are so powerful and majestic."

Artist Nguyen Tan Phat uses natural materials

such as wood from jackfruit trees in his home town

as well as crushed egg and sea shells

He decorates the carvings with around 10 layers of paint

using traditional lacquer techniques

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