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Date Posted: 26-MAR-2007

Ao Dai (Mar 07)

We went searching to photograph them (Vietnamese women in their graceful national dress called Ao Dai), but they seemed to have disappeared from the streets of Hanoi ... so I would leave you with this.

Ao Dai consists of a close-fitting tunic with long panels at the front and back, which is worn over loose trousers. During the period of dynasty rule, the colors of the brocade and embroidery indicated the rank of the wearer: gold brocade with embroidered dragons was reserved for the emperor, high-ranking mandarins wore purple, while lower-ranking mandarins wore blue.

The Ao Dai should not be confused with the famous 'black pyjamas' of the Viet Cong, immortalised in numerous Hollywood movies, which are actually a form of rural dress still worn by many people in the countryside today.

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Guest 31-Mar-2009 22:45
would love to get a few of the Ao Dai made for me and my daughter... they are lovely!! if anyone knows someone who is willin to customize please contact me...
Thanks a milliion
Guest 05-Apr-2007 12:12
it surprises me with this creative pics.

I used to stay in ho chi minh city - southern of vietnam.
I love to look at femal students wearing Ao dai to go to school each day ( except summer holiday- of course.)
flowsnow26-Mar-2007 15:34
Lovely shot..for the moment then in thumbnail you nearly fooled me! :D
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