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    Vietnam's first Ao Dai museum

    A museum dedicated to showcasing only Ao dai (a traditional Vietnamese dress) through various periods and the process of making them has opened in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 9. 

    Vietnam's first Ao Dai museum

    After many years nurturing a desire to building a museum to preserve and highlight the traditional dress of Viet Nam which has existed for more than 300 years, designer Si Hoang’s dream comes true. The museum was built in his Long Thuan garden house which boasts old wooden architecture with the southern landscape of rice fields, bamboo bridges, lotus ponds and rivers.

    The museum showcases Ao dai of different periods in the 17th and the 18th centuries, and more than 60 Ao dai owned by the Nguyen (1802-1945) kings and royal families, and dresses belonging to People’s Armed Forces Heroine Nguyen Thi Dinh, former Vice President Nguyen Thi Binh, former diplomat Ton Nu Thi Ninh and People’s Artists Tra Giang and Bach Tuyet. Stories about these Ao dai and their owners are also featured. It also displays Si Hoang’s collections which won important prizes at international contests and more than 3,000 photos of the tunic. The museum also offers exhibitions of music, literature, cinema and art, which were inspired by the traditional costume.
    Re-creation of the entirely handmade process and embroidery of the “haute couture” Ao dai will also be a highlight.

    Visiting the museum, visitors can view hundreds of Ao dai which relate to the country’s history, and learn about the complicated process of creating a dress. They also can select an Ao dai to try on and pose for a photo.

    “The traditional attire shows both aesthetic and moral values. It helps the wearers look more graceful and have better behavior. This dress is admired by people in countries worldwide, whereas, this country does not have its own museum. Therefore, I hope that my museum will not only preserve the Vietnamese dress culture but also further promote it in the world,” shared designer Si Hoang.

    Source: VNP
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