AO DAI – THE TRADITION OF VIETNAM
DO YOU KNOW
AO DAI IS STILL REMAINED AS
IT IS “AODAI” IN DICTIONARY?
No word is suitable for translating it. This truly showcases the national tradition
behind this type of clothing in Vietnam.
No matter how many times is Ao Dai changed with several alters in styles and
formation, the Vietnamese traditional dress still maintains the unique feature
that is totally dierent from clothes of other.
HOW IT IS MADE ?
Vietnamese people are always proud of ao dai which is perfectly made to highlight the graceful curve of women’s body. From necklace to splits above waist, Ao Dai brings to wearers the comfort to wear and move around. Pants with length above soles is an excellent combination with long flaps of Ao Dai. Synthetic or silk fabrics are favorite patterns to make Ao Dai thanks to its cool and fast-dry function.
Nowadays, there are some variations to provide a new fresh outlook for the traditional clothing. The flaps are cut shorter just below knee; necklace is not seen in some alternative forms. A variety of colors is an extra point to make Ao Dai suitable for people of all ages. It now doesn’t stick to the age for color choice as before. Currently, some women love to mix the original Ao Dai with jeans or kaki pants.
WHEN TO WEAR ?
For a long time, Ao dai has become a national symbol of Vietnam. Even though people don’t wear it as often as they did before, you can easily catch an image of high school students or a receptionist in Ao Dai. Generally, the Vietnamese wear Ao Dai in special occasions as graduation, weddings, national holidays,… Depending on each event, designs and styles of Ao Dai range from simplicity to luxury.
For example, Vietnamese high students prefer to wear Ao Dai with pure white or blue and simple garment while brides tend to choose the Ao Dai with sophisticated style offering a lovely and opulent look for their wedding photos. In the past, Ao Dai was worn by both men and women. Nowadays, the Vietnamese men only choose Ao Dai on some formal occasions like wedding or ceremony.
AO DAI IN THE INTERNATIONAL ARENA
Ao Dai is always honored in the worldwide festivals or competitions like Ms. World, Ms. Earth, or international conference as APEC organized in Vietnam… It’s also chosen to be mainstream clothing for some festivals of Vietnamese community around the world.
On the festival “Vietnamese day in Spain” (2009), 30 Ao Dai designs of David Minh Duc designer were presented in Europe. The Ao Daifashion show also took place in Milan (Italy) and Madrid (Spain). The collection provided a thorough understanding about the Vietnamese traditional dress from its origin to the images ofAo Dai in daily life.
In some events related to Vietnam, many foreign artists decide to wear Ao Dai as a movement to show their respect and friendliness to the Vietnamese.