Traditional Ao Dai

Posted by admin at 03-28-2010 14:01:56

With the intention of changing the way people dress to eradicate ancient habits, the 18th century lords and mandarins in Hue created the ao dai. Supposedly, the ao dai combined the beauty of dress from all three regions, the North, the Centre, and the South. The design of the ao dai was based on the long tunics of the Cham women.

     Starting from Hue, the ao dai became common dress for women throughout the country. The features or lines of ao dai have changed a little, depending on personal style. The actual ao dai fits tight against the body, showing a supple curved line that is appropriate for the tiny stature of Vietnamese women. The dress drops down to the shin and body has a fairly high cut slit. All the features of the ao dai attempt to reveal the secretive and gentle beauty of Vietnamese women.

Conical Hat

     According to ancient documents, the non la first appeared in Viet Nam around the 13th century, during the Tran Dynasty. Since then, the hat has become closely connected to the Vietnamese people. The non la does not differentiate between sex, age or social standing; the non la is worn by all Vietnamese. The hat is made from materials readily available in Viet Nam: palm leaves for the cone, bamboo for the frame, fiber from moc trees for thread, and coloured material for the chin strap. As the non la is closely associated with the Vietnamese costume it has been reflected in literature, poetry and music.