Hoang Van Thu Garment Workshop:
A material history narrated through vests, helmets, uniforms, and The Iron Curtain.
During the First Indochina War, many war zones had their own garment workshops. Garment 10 was formed by consolidating those workshops to gather the production capacity serving the Army.
Sharing characteristics with many other factories in Hanoi during the same period, Garment 10 was relocated several times during wars, bringing not only its machines but also its workers and their families. Despite these multiple movements, the factory always came back to its original location in Gia Lam, Ha Noi, where it is still located.
Garment 10 is a remarkable paradigm because of its complete and closed model of the relationship between production and reproduction, which may compare to the Danwei of the Chinese or the Mikrorayon of the Soviet Union.