Ao dai - Vietnamese traditional custom
Posted 01:33 AM 19 December 2010
Ao dai (Áo dài ) is Vietnamese traditional custom and has become symbol of Vietnamese women.This beautifully styled outfit is still actively worn during special occassions such as : Tet, at work, to weddings, and other national celebrations.
Today, I’m going to introduce Ao dai ‘s photos with brief explanations.
The word "ao dai" was originally applied to the outfit worn at the court of the Nguyen Lords at Hue in the 18th century. This outfit evolved into the áo ngũ thân, a five-paneled aristocratic gown worn in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Inspired by Paris fashions, Nguyễn Cát Tường and other artists redesigned the ngũ thân as a modern dress in the 1920s and 1930s. The updated look was promoted by the artists and magazines of Tự Lực văn đoàn ("Self-Reliant Literary Group") as a national costume for the modern era. In the 1950s, Sai gon designers tightened the fit to produce the version worn by Vietnamese women today ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aodai )
The word Ao Dai means ‘Long Dress,’ and is a two piece garment. The bottom part consists of loose pants that reach the ankles. The top is a tight fitting tunic with long sleeves and a high collar with two panels that float loosely down the front and back.
Once you have a chance visit Vietnam by airplane,you can see pretty flight attendants in Ao dai
High school girl often wear pure white Ao dai , which symbolise their purity .Even in some schools, girl have to wear in on everyday Monday .Another, girl just have to wear in special celebrations : opening ceremony, Vietnamese's Teacher Day , closing ceremony
In Hue city ( acient capital ) purple Ao dai is more popular.
The elegant city of Hue in the central region is known for its ao dai, nón lá (conical hats), and well-dressed women.
Go along with Ao dai is not only nón lá (conical hats ) but also guốc mộc (wooden shoe).They make a ‘’perfect combination.’’
Usually, people often order Ao dai in tailored shops with their measurements so that the custim fit to the body .However,you can buy or rent Ao dai in many stores with popular sizes: S,M,L
In traditional engagement '' lễ ăn hỏi '', the bride can wear Ao dai with jewelry follows: bracelets, rings, earrings. The groom wear suits, ties.
Actually the boy also wear Ao dai.They can also wear it on '' lễ ăn hỏi ''. The most common colour is blue.
This custom plays an important role in many beauty contests especially '' Miss Vietnam''
For foreign women traveling in Vietnam, Ao Dai makes excellent handmade souvenirs. Numerous tailors can be found in Saigon, Hoi An and Hanoi that specialize in making excellent Ao Dais.It won't take many time and can be completed within 24 hours for your convenient.
A women who dress Ao dai will truly look more beautiful and egelant.
( Sorry,photos will be update soon)
PS: I LOVE AO DAI <3