Hue revives old long dress fashion
The Thua Thien Hue provincial department of Culture and Sports has revived the wearing of ao dai (traditional long dress) costume in State agencies by mandating that men and women wear them.
|A collection of the 1744-made ao dai (traditional long dress) design is introduced by staffs of the Thua Thien-Hue Culture and Sports Department. The fashion will be used among the department on the first Monday of a month. - Photo courtesy Thua Thien-Hue Culture and Sports Department|
The department said the ao dai will be official uniform on the first Monday of each month, starting from Monday past.
It said the move aims to promote the beauty and value of the Hue-based 300-year-old long dress fashion.
According to the department, the decision is also part of the cultural preservation project 'Huế -- the capital of Việt Nam’s Long Dress' that aims to boost the value of the dress as national intangible heritage.
The department said the long dress model was designed with five pieces of silk sewn from 1744, and the style was seen as the national long dress in the Minh Mang King era.
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