Vietnam evolution of the costume

Posted by admin at 03-28-2010 12:17:15

In Viet Nam, there are 54 ethnic groups, many of them have a unique and specific style of clothing. The traditional costumes of native Vietnamese nations are generally colourful and woven with natural fibred, such as hemp, silk, or cotton. These materials are fine, stable, light and appropriate for a tropical climate. The diversity and abundance of Vietnamese ethnic clothing cannot be completely detailed in this section; as such, we will only discuss the traditional clothing of the Viet, the most numerous ethnic group of Viet Nam.

     Historically, royal regulations determined the colour of clothing. Civilian suits for men could only be brown, black or white; yellow was only used for kings; red was used for high-grade mandarins; and blue or green decorated the outfits of lower grade mandarins.

     For men, the traditional costume of the Viet was brown clothing with turbans and wooden shoes or sandals. Formal dress was a combination of white and black. Women wore black skirts and jackets and light brown shirts.

     Formal dress for women involves three tunics: a black or light brown one, a light yellow one, and on the inside, a rose one. When worn, all three are buttoned together at the rib cage and the parts from the chest to the neck are folded out to show the three different colours. The outfit is topped off with the omnipresent conical hat.

     With the modern times, the clothing of the Vietnamese ethnic groups has been influenced by foreign dress. Some traditional clothes have been lost as they are substituted with more modern interpretations.