A talented artist from Rhode Island is going viral for her miniature Vietnamese food jewelry that captures the essence of her heritage.
Hana Le, who posts an assortment of miniature crafts on her TikTok account @hana.made, decided to create mini versions of popular Vietnamese dishes to commemorate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Le’s work showcases an array of Vietnamese delicacies, including meticulously crafted bún bò huế, dumplings, spring rolls, bánh mì sandwiches, and even a bowl of steaming phở, among many others.
During a recent appearance on “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” Le spoke about the meticulous process of creating her miniatures and shared that her father influenced her appreciation for Vietnamese cuisine.
“It’s a lot of trial and error,” she told host Clarkson. “Luckily I grew up eating Vietnamese food. My dad is an amazing cook and even though I can’t cook like him, I make miniatures that look just about the same.”
She shared how interacting with the Vietnamese community through social media has been an enriching experience for her. She also notes how comments and messages from fellow Vietnamese individuals who appreciate and admire her work hold a special place in her heart.
Through her designs, Le said she hopes to connect with her Vietnamese roots and celebrate the vibrant culinary traditions of her ancestors.
Pen manufacturer Pilot awarded Le $1,000 in recognition of her talent.
Le tells NextShark that she began creating miniatures out of an obsession with small things when she was very young.
“Sometimes I think it’s because I was so small!” she said. “I began to make miniatures in earnest during quarantine and grew my love of the craft from there.”
According to Le, she is selling her creations via her Etsy shop
, in which she promises that a “restock is coming soon.”
In an Instagram post, Le thanked “The Kelly Clarkson Show” for “shining a light on my art.”