06:00 | 26/06/2021 Culture & Tourism
(VEN) - The Vietnamese traditional long dress - ao dai - has become a symbol of Vietnamese culture, being both elegant and unique. For the ancient capital of Hue, ao dai also recalls a golden past.
The ao dai was always considered an indispensable traditional costume of every Hue woman. In 1744, after being crowned King of Phu Xuan, Lord Nguyen Phuc Khoat issued a number of policies, including a reform of the royal court attire that turned the ao dai into the main costume of residents of Dang Trong (the Inner Realm).
While Lord Nguyen Phuc Khoat is credited with establishing the ao dai’s official status, Emperor Minh Mang was credited with turning the ao dai into a popular costume throughout the land.
Researcher Nguyen Xuan Hoa said that in addition to the characteristics of Vietnamese ao dai, the Hue ao dai has its own unique characteristics. “The five-body ao dai or the five-body dress, symbolizing the beautiful philosophy of humans: the four bodices of the front flap, the back flap symbolizes the “four parents”, the inner body represents the child.” He asserted that it is necessary to affirm Hue ao dai as a unique cultural value in order to justify its brand name as a unique intellectual property of the ancient capital.
“Hue - Vietnamese Ao dai Capital” was the topic of a July 2020 conference organized by the Thua Thien Hue Province Department of Culture and Sports, providing scientific and historic evidence that Hue was the cradle of the Vietnamese ao dai.
Participants and researchers exchanged ideas and discussed the costume reforms of Lord Nguyen Phuc Khoat and the regulations of King Minh Mang that popularized the costume.
Attendees also discussed ways to protect and bring into full play the heritage value of the dress in contemporary times, as well as to build a trademark for Hue Ao Dai which will serve as a typical provincial tourism product.