Ao dai – A cultural symbol of Vietnamese people

 

When talking about traditional costumes of Vietnamese, people often immediately think about Ao dai. Even though Vietnam has experienced a variety of turns in developing history, culture and society for a long period of time, Ao dai still exists. Today, it is considered as a traditional costume and therefore, a typical symbol for Vietnamese culture.

Ao dai to school

Ao dai to school

During the country’s historical time, Vietnamese people frequently had to resist aggressions from many foreign nations to exist and protect their cultural values and family disciplines. One of them is Ao dai – a spectacular masterpiece of art of Vietnam. Besides an elegant and exquisite beauty of it, the ways that designers create each lap of dress imply a wide range of educational meanings about the golden rules of ancestors. In addition, Ao dai is also seen as a great triumph in expressing the character and spirit of Vietnamese.

In the past, Vietnam suffered from invasion of China for a thousand of years and French colony for a hundred of year. As a result, Ao dai had a chance to get in touch with two vigorous cultural trends (Eastern and Western culture). Despite a dozens of challenge and hardship, Ao dai has become a nation’s clothing symbol of Vietnamese women and the country’s glory. Ao dai is designed to hold close the body with a high neck, a length reaching at knee, and it is split at hip. All of these features make Ao dai not only fascinating but also private. Ao dai is not merely a traditional costume, it also a cultural characteristic to transmit valuable massages about outlook on life and Vietnamese’s nation spirit.

Ao dai VietNam

Ao dai VietNam

In Vietnam, people in every ages can dress Ao dai. It becomes a standard for many special vocations, national holidays as well as wedding ceremony, graduation ceremony and important examinations. When women participate in a certain special event or appear on the television, Ao dai is always a primary choice because of the contribution in boosting the beauty of dressers and expressing the proud of nation.

It is widely claimed that Ao dai has contributed the Vietnam images to the rest of the world. Ao dai is not only appeared in clothing competitions, beauty contests but also is presented all around the world and seen as an intangible cultural heritage of Vietnam. In many international events taking place in Vietnam, Ao dai is always the best choice for the heads of state. It is true that many Earth Misses from different countries are attracted from this special costume.

Nowadays, Ao dai is renovated to be harmonic in both national culture and modern fashion factors. This change creates its novel characteristic in fashionable shows and beauty contests inside and outside Vietnam.

Ao dai Festival

Ao dai Festival

Every nation has their own distinct features in culture and traditional costumes. Japanese women are proud of Kimono, Korean women is famous for Hanbok, Indian women leave us the impression about Sari… In a similar way, Vietnamese women from the past to the present are always go abreast with graceful and slender Ao dai. It is a personification of a country, a fervent beauty and finally, a symbolic costume of Vietnam.

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