Hue aodai in the history
Update9/27/2021 9:59:39 AM
Farmers wearing aodai in the past
Farmers wearing aodai in the past
The five-panel aodai appeared in early 17th century due to the demand of locals in Dang Trong (southern Vietnam). This simple and modest costume was appropriate with Vietnamese traditional ritual activities. Mandarin Dao Duy Tu once advised Lord Nguyen Phuc Nguyen to consider the five-panel aodai as the official costume of Dang Trong to differentiate between the northern and southern part of the country.

Having been crowned in Phu Xuan in 1744, Lord Nguyen Phuc Khoat issued many policies on re-organizing the government, building an independent dynasty, costume and ritual music. 

The Lord not only made a change on clothes worn by mandarins and nobles class, but also decided to use the five-panel aodai as the common costume for locals living in Dang Trong (southern Vietnam). It soon became popular across the region. 

Under Nguyen dynasty, Emperor Minh Mang selected the five-panel aodai to be the casual clothes of Vietnamese regardless of class and region. A drastic reform was conducted to create a consistent costume across the country, which had already been laid the foundation under the reign of Lord Nguyen Phuc Khoat. The five-panel aodai - Hue aodai was appreciated and became the official costume of both men and women across the country. 

Hue aodai has gone through ups and downs along with the establishment and development of Thuan Hoa - Phu Xuan - Thua Thien Hue. Under any reigns, traditional Aodai has always honored Hue's gentle and modest women through their postures and behavior as well as gentlemen on Tet holiday, traditional festivals, etc. For this reason, Aodai has been familiar with Hue locals' daily life. The aodai was honored in traditional and modern festival, particularly Hue Festival seasons. It has become a distinctive cultural feature of the home of Ngu Mount and the Huong river.