Costumes - Vietnam Costumes

  • Confucianism

    Confucianism

    Confucianism’s originator, K’ung Fu Tzu (Latinised to Confucius), was an official in the Chinese court. During his lifetime (around 500 BC), China had broken into rival states fighting for supremacy. Confucius, comparing the turmoil...

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  • Lim Festival

    Lim Festival

    The Lim Festival, organized in Lim village located 18 km from Hanoi, where Quan Ho, the special folk songs performed. It takes place every year on 13th day of the 1st lunar month. Tens of thousands of visitors come here to enjoy the dialogues...

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  • Crossing the streets in Danang City

    Crossing the streets in Danang City

    Look ahead and just walk across...Avoid direct eye contact with the motorists and your body language will confuse them

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  • Hoi cake

    Hoi cake

     Hoi cake is a Vietnamese dish consisting of rice vermicelli woven into intricate bundles and often topped with chopped scallions or garlic chives sauteed in oil, served with a complementary meat dish. The strings of noodles are usually only...

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  • Ao Dai

    Ao Dai

    Ao Dai- A lasting impression for any visitor to Vietnam is the beauty of Vietnamese women dressed in their Ao Dais. These long flowing dresses worn over loose-fitting trousers are considered to be the national dress of Vietnamese women. Early versions of the Ao Dai date back to 1744, when  men and women to wear a trouser and gown ensemble that buttoned down the front. Although popular, men wore it less often than women, and generally only on ceremonial occasions such as at weddings...
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  • Dzao's Traditional Costume

    Dzao's Traditional Costume

    The Dao (pronounced Zao) are the 9th largest ethnic group in Vietnam with a population of just under 500,000. They belong to the Hmong Dao language group and are believed to have started migrating from China in the 13th century. The women wear some of the most colourful and diverse costumes of all ethnic groups but can be identified by their black trousers richly embroidered with flower or small star patterns. Their jackets can be red or black usually with embroidered borders. The ensemble...
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  • Ao Tu Than

    Ao Tu Than

    Introduction The Áo Tứ Thân or 4-part dress is one out of several traditional Vietnamese costumes. Besides the more widely recognized Ao Dai, Ao Tu Than is the other more commonly worn Kinh costume (in Vietnam). Ao Dai is often given status as the ultimate representation of Vietnamese traditional clothes when in actuality, the history of the Ao Dai as most know it today (a 2-flapped tunic worn over pants) spans only about 200-300 years, depending on the source. While it...
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  • Conical Hat (or Non La)

    Conical Hat (or Non La)

    Take a peasant's common conical hat, add a touch of this and a little of that, and you will have the idea, but not quite an authentic Non Bai Tho or "Poetical Leaf" from Central Vietnam. Just a few simple arrangements added to the conical form are enough to give the Vietnamese leaf-covered hat unique features found nowhere else among Asia’s various types of conical hats. The legend of the conical hat is related to maternal love and the history of rice growing in Vietnam. Once...
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  • Guoc Moc (Sole sisters) for the Vietnamese

    Guoc Moc (Sole sisters) for the Vietnamese

    Due to Vietnam's hot and humid climate and wading days in wet rice paddies or fishing, Vietnamese people usually went barefoot. Formerly, on cold days, men and women from rural areas would don clogs made from bamboo roots when attending festivals or visiting friends. At home they wrote wooden clogs with vertical straps to protect the toes. Sole sisters with long history… Ancient Chinese books record that in the third century, the leader of a Vietnamese resistance movement, Ba...
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  • Ao Yem, the indispensable dress of ancient girls

    Ao Yem, the indispensable dress of ancient girls

    Looking back into the historic development of national dress, Vietnam not only has “Ao Dai” but also “Ao Yem” – the indispensable dress of ancient girls. Images of graceful girls in national charming long dress have been a symbol of Vietnam. However, looking back the historic development of national dress, Vietnam not only has “Ao Dai” but also “Ao Yem” – the indispensable dress of ancient girls. “Ao Yem” appeared in...
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  • Pa Then women's costume

    Pa Then women's costume

    Visitors to the northern provinces of Ha Giang and Tuyen Quang will enjoy the colourful costumes of women from the Pa Then ethnic minoirity. Like many other ethnic groups in Vietnam, Pa Then people grow flax to weave the brocades and fabrics for making their traditional garments. Most of the adult Pa Then women learned how to weave and sew from their mothers. According to Pa Then custom, women have to learn these skills not only to make beautiful clothes, but also to prepare for their...
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  • Traditional Vietnamese dress for men

    Traditional Vietnamese dress for men

    The special features of the national Vietnamese dress for men have been preserved through the ages. Vietnamese man is proud of wearing this dress because it is part of Vietnamese nation, their history and their culture in general. Moreover, it is part of Vietnamese social customs which includes respect for superiors, dignitaries and relatives. In the past, the people who wore different traditional dresses also showed their status in Vietnamese society.  A revived interest in the...
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  • Impressive Costumes of Vietnamese Southern Women

    Impressive Costumes of Vietnamese Southern Women

    The costume of women in South Vietnam has gone through many stages of development, but still preserves its distinctive and unique imprints of the traditional culture. Initially, the women’s costume in the North of Vietnam was ao tu than (four-piece blouse) with a bodice, a skirt and a headscarf of the ancient Vietnamese women. When the country was separated into Dang Trong (the South) and Dang Ngoai (the North), the Lords of Dang Trong instituted a cultural reform, including a costume...
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