Traditional Vietnamese Clothing

By | April 29, 2022

Vietnam has a unique culture, which is evident in the richness and diversity of costumes. So, today, let us learn about traditional Vietnamese clothing.

1. Ao Dai – Traditional Vietnamese Dress For Women/Men

When it comes to traditional Vietnamese clothing, the first thing that comes to mind is the Ao Dai. Ao Dai is considered the national costume of Vietnam and can use for both men and women, but now it is known mainly as women’s traditional Vietnamese dress.

In the past, Ao Dai was used in daily life. Still, this costume is only worn in festivals, fashion shows, essential programs, and ceremonies or is considered work uniform in some agencies and offices.Ao Dai

2. Traditional Vietnamese Clothing For Women in North

The four-part dress is a type of traditional dress of the women of North Vietnam. This shirt has many special meanings, symbolizing good virtues and traditions.

The four bodices represent the four parents (parents and parents-in-law); the two flaps’ of the two flaps represent the parents holding the child in their arms.

Five buttons are arranged symmetrically, symbolizing the five common: humanity, justice, ceremony, wisdom, and faith; The two front flaps of the shirt are tied together, embodying the love between husband and wife. Currently, the four-part dress is only worn in traditional festivals in northern Vietnam.

Four-Part Dress

3. Traditional Vietnamese Clothing For Women in South Vietnam

Ba Ba shirt is traditional clothing and a symbol of women in the South of Vietnam. This shirt is similar to regular shirts with long or short sleeves, a middle collar, and a row of buttons extending from the neck straight down to the belly.

Now, the Ba Ba shirt still brings beauty and comfort. Vietnamese women often use it on every occasion, such as going to the market, going out, or even during festivals.

3. Traditional Vietnamese Clothing of other Ethnic groups

With 54 ethnic groups distributed throughout Vietnam, the traditional clothing of these ethnic minorities is rich and diverse, with many different designs, colors, and fabrics. We can mention some of the outstanding costumes here:

– The Muong: Men wear blouses, slit chest, round neck, wide-leg pants with a scarf tied in the middle of the abdomen. Women wear short blouses, long sleeves, and ankle-length skirts with skirts decorated with very elaborate woven patterns.

– The Ba Na people: Men wear a blazer with a hood, a split collar, and a T-shaped loincloth. Women wear a blazer or long-sleeved pullover and an open skirt (a wide cloth wrapped around the body of a dress) reaching to the feet.

– Ede people: Men wear a long shirt with a slit on the butt or a knee-length shirt with a neck cut to pull over their heads and wear loincloths. Females wear long-sleeved, short-sleeved shirts with cut-out necks to pull their heads under; they wear open skirts similar to the Ba Na people.

– Cham people: Men wear ruched blouses with straps, shorts inside, skirts wrapped around the outside. Women have various costumes depending on the region, usually wearing round neck tops buttoned from bust to belly and regular dresses or skirts.

Hopefully, after reading the article, you have had more exciting and helpful information about traditional Vietnamese clothing understanding of Vietnam’s rich and diverse culture.

Category: Vietnam Travel Guide

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