A couple of weeks later the rainy season hit - and I hadn't been prepared for quite how damp it would be. Constant rainfall - day and night, for weeks on end. The air was heavy with moisture, clothes never quite dried out, everything felt damp.
Dampness + cardboard chairs = a bit of a problem
They went soft and soggy, and started to go mouldy.
So as soon as we had a few days break from the rain, they had to go out in the sun to thoroughly dry out, before we properly finished them with spray paint and a couple of coats of varnish. Not ideal in terms of toxic chemicals, but the treatments have proved absolutely necessary, and I haven't seen any forms of seating available that aren't either made from plastic or covered in varnish.
Cô Sương demonstrating the chair she made for Hung.