Vietnamese women's aodai
Update10/7/2021 3:45:32 PM
Hue aodai - Vietnamese traditional aodai is a unique cultural tourism product of the ancient capital which went through nearly 300 years of establishment, conservation and development. This national costume attaches moral and ethic values and becomes a national symbol as well as an identity of Vietnamese women in domestic and international forums.

Both men's aodai and women's aodai appeared in 17th century. In mid 18th century, Lord Nguyen Phuc Khoat chose aodai as the official costume of Dang Trong (the south Vietnam). Under the reign of Emperor Minh Mang, it became a common outfit of Vietnamese women.

At first, women's aodai is quite similar to male aodai except for some changes made to be suitable with women’s figure. Nhat binh is a four-panel aodai specially sewed for women from noble class.

In 1940, Vietnamese painters, particularly Le Pho and Cat Tuong introduced Le Pho or Lemur aodai which was a tighter version designed on the basic of traditional women's five-panel aodai. This two panel aodai laid a foundation for modern aodai today. Today, the five-panel aodai still exists and is popular in Hue.

Since late 1950s, the design of two-panel aodai has been adapted to modern life, the improved role and position of women in the society. However, it still keeps the special charm that can not be found in any other costumes. Therefore, aodai has always been the first choice of Vietnamese women on special occasions and their daily life. Vietnamese aodai looks even more beautiful and precious when it accompanies key figures in political and diplomatic field such as former State President Ms. Nguyen Thi Binh, Chairperson of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, spouses of Prime Minister and State President, etc.

Hue, the ancient capital of Vietnam was the place where aodai was created, maintained and conserved over hundreds of years. After "Doi Moi", aodai was first found at schools and offices in Hue, then across the country. When it comes to Hue, ones may think of purple aodai, students' white aodai or elegant "Nhat binh". Women's aodai is an important part of "Hue - the capital of Vietnamese aodai" brand.

Vietnamese traditional aodai not only represents indigenous culture and leaves unforgettable impression on visitors, but also inspires poetry and arts.