Traditional ao dai remains a timeless trend

VietNamNet Bridge - Though Viet Nam's famous traditional dress has taken many forms over the centuries, its allure and appeal has never died. Long history: Ao dai's evolution dates back to the 19th century, when it was born from ao tu than (four-flap dress), a loose dress worn outside a white thin blouse over a halter, along with a fabric belt. Photo Anh Tuan People all over Viet Nam are familiar with poems featuring the beauty of the country's national dress, the ao dai, its slim-fitting tunic with long side splits from the waist, worn over palazzo-style trousers. The traditional woman's dress has been mentioned in many poems, stories and songs for centuries. Poet Dinh Vu Ngoc likened it to the country's S-shape in her poem Chiec Ao Dai Viet Nam, which was roughly translated as: "The fatherland's dress, slender shape "The national beauty split into two flaps "The flap on the side of the East Sea with sparkling waves "The flap on the side of the Truong Son Mountains is … [Read more...]

Speedy restructuring needed in domestic agriculture sector

An agricultural model at Hai Dang Farm in the northern province of Nam Dinh's My Loc District. — VNA/VNS Photo Vu Sinh HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Restructuring and equitising State-owned enterprises in the agriculture sector must be implemented quickly, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) Cao Duc Phat said. The minister said this to participants at a conference to review restructuring of State-run enterprises between 2011and 2015, held in Ha Noi on Tuesday. According to the minister, equitisation must be an important part of the restructuring process of SOEs in the agriculture sector. Tran Ngoc Thuan, general director of Viet Nam Rubber Group (VRG), said despite achieving success, the equitisation process in some member companies remained poor. Thuan attributed the low price of latex to the sluggish equitisation process in his corporation. In addition, VRG also faced difficulties in managing a large-scale rubber plantation areas. The group has conducted … [Read more...]

Ao Dai: From Dong Son bronze drum to int’l beauty contests

The traditional long tunic and trousers of Vietnam, or Ao Dai, has always been seen as a cultural symbol of the country and people of Vietnam. However, few know that this traditional outfit appeared very early and experienced a lot of ups and downs. Ao Dai on the Dong Son bronze drumhead Illustration of the evolution of the Vietnamese Ao Dai from the Dong Son culture to the Ly Dynasty. According to cultural researchers, the image on the Dong Son bronze drums (700 BC - 100) showed that the ancient Vietnamese dressed the costume with two flaps. This type of dress was commonly used by women from 2000 BC until 200 AD. This period the Ao Dai was not influenced by Chinese culture. Looking at the patterns of the costumes on the Dong Son bronze drums, one can find the familiar features of the modern ao dai today. The multi-layer Ao Dai The evolution of the Ao Dai in the Tran – Le dynasty. From the Ly Dynasty, the 11th to 12th century, Vietnam was dominated by Chinese … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Ao Dai: From Dong Son bronze drum to int’l beauty contests

VietNamNet Bridge – The traditional long tunic and trousers of Vietnam, or Ao Dai, has always been seen as a cultural symbol of the country and people of Vietnam. However, few know that this traditional outfit appeared very early and experienced a lot of ups and downs. Ao Dai on the Dong Son bronze drumhead Illustration of the evolution of the Vietnamese Ao Dai from the Dong Son culture to the Ly Dynasty. According to cultural researchers, the image on the Dong Son bronze drums (700 BC - 100) showed that the ancient Vietnamese dressed the costume with two flaps. This type of dress was commonly used by women from 2000 BC until 200 AD. This period the Ao Dai was not influenced by Chinese culture. Looking at the patterns of the costumes on the Dong Son bronze drums, one can find the familiar features of the modern ao dai today. The multi-layer Ao Dai The evolution of the Ao Dai in the Tran – Le dynasty. From the Ly Dynasty, the 11th to 12th century, Vietnam was … [Read more...]

Schneider Electric relishes EU-Vietnam FTA challenges

The upcoming EU–Vietnam Free Trade Agreement is hoped to bring fresh opportunities to European firms in Vietnam. Xavier Denoly, country president of Schneider Electric Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar, talked with VIR’s Nam Phuong about the firm’s investment plans to capitalise on this historic trade deal. Xavier Denoly received the Prime Minister’s Certificate of Merit for his company’s performance in the field of energy and social work Can you shed the light on some of Schneider Electric Vietnam’s achievements in 2015? 2015 has been a memorable year for us, as we recorded a double-digit growth in all our businesses and became the top growing Schneider Electric entity in the entire region. This is particularly significant because, as you might have seen in the news, the world has gone through a volatile 2015 and a dark sentiment pervaded the majority of the globe due to a long list of bad news. This global gloom makes Schneider Electric even … [Read more...]

Vinamotor to sell 97% State stake in January

Le Anh The Ministry of Transport said on December 22 that the shares have the starting price of VND14,612 each, or VND1,250 billion (US$55.6 million) in total. The ministry will announce names of eligible investors on January 4, 2016 so that they can join the auction on the HNX. Vinamotor has chartered capital of VND876 billion, or 87.6 million shares with the face value of VND10,000 each. The enterprise launched an initial public offering (IPO) in March 2014 to offload a 51% stake but only 3% found buyers. Vinamotor collected VND15.7 billion with the winning bid the same as the starting price of VND10,000 per share. The Government then allowed the ministry to sell the remaining State stake in Vinamotor by selling shares as a single lot. Becoming a joint stock company in 2014, Vinamotor obtained profit of VND70.4 billion in the same year, much higher than VND16.7 billion in 2013. The firm is active in auto and auto parts production, repair and trading sectors. Also on … [Read more...]

DPM, Russian counterpart hold talks

VGP - Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai and Russian counterpart Igor Ivanovic Shuvalov, co-chairs of the Viet Nam-Russia Inter-Governmental Committee on economic, trade, science and technology cooperation, held talks on December 16 in Ha Noi. Photo: VGp/Nguyen Linh The two sides reviewed the implementation of the Minutes of the 17th session of the Inter-Governmental Committee in September 2014 and proposed measures to promote bilateral economic and trade cooperation in the future. As of October 2015, Russia poured US$2 billion in 113 projects in Viet Nam, ranking 17th among 101 nations and territories investing in Viet Nam. Vietnamese investors invested US$2.5 billion in 20 projects in Russia. Over the recent 10 months of 2015, the two-way trade turnover obtained US$1.8 billion. The two sides consented to enhance the implementation of the Viet Nam- Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Free Trade Agreement to boost the economic and trade cooperation and create favorable conditions in … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s Miss Universe 2015 contestant reveals national costume designs

Pham Huong, Vietnam's representative at this year's Miss Universe beauty pageant, has revealed the two traditional long gowns, called "ao dai," that she will wear in competition. Both costumes, one black and one white, accurately reflect Vietnamese culture and feature traditional images of the country including cranes and bamboos. Thuan Viet, the designer who created the costumes, said that every detail of the "ao dai," including thousands of encrusted sapphires on the collar and sleeves, are handmade by professional artists. "The 'ao dai' is a traditional costume of Vietnam, a symbol of the elegance, beauty and charm of Vietnamese women. The image of the ‘ao dai’ has long appeared in artworks and literary writings," Huong said. The beauty sent her thanks to the people who have spent time creating her sophisticated costumes. Huong will choose one of them for the National Costume category of the show on December 16. The final results will be announced at the … [Read more...]

Vietnam’s Pham Huong shows off Ao Dai at Miss Universe 2015

VietNamNet Bridge - Vietnamese contestant Pham Huong will wear an ao dai (Vietnamese national long gown) designed by Thuan Viet at the National Costume competition of the Miss Universe 2015 on December 16. Well-known designer Thuan Viet prepared two ao dai for Pham Huong, a black and a white one. Pham Huong will choose one of them for the National Costume show. related news Latest pictures of Vietnam’s Pham Huong at Miss UniversePham Huong arrvies in Las Vegas for Miss Universe finalsPham Huong performs ‘Hello Vietnam’ at Miss UniversePham Huong to represent Vietnam at Miss Universe 2015T. Van … [Read more...]

Rubber firms urged to reform

HCM CITY (VNS) — Vietnamese rubber companies have been urged to improve processing and management technologies and product quality to raise competitiveness. Speaking at the Global Rubber conference in HCM City on Friday, Abdul Aziz Kadir, secretary general of the International Rubber Research Development Board (IRRDB), said with a high inventory coupled with public debt in the EU and Chinese economy showing signs of slowing down as well as falling oil prices, the global rubber industry is expected to continue to face a difficult time. Tran Ngoc Thuan, chairman of the Viet Nam Rubber Association and president of the Viet Nam Rubber Group, said new rubber cultivation areas in Viet Nam had shrunk significantly and rubber smallholders had suspended latex extraction from their trees since the selling price was lower than production prices. In some areas that have low productivity, farmers have replaced rubber trees with other trees, he said. Viet Nam's natural rubber exports this … [Read more...]

Inspectorate checks implementation of laws by provincial heads

A citizen-reception meeting in northern Ninh Binh Province. — Photo ninhbinh.gov.vn HA NOI (VNS) — Government inspectors will check the implementation of laws on citizen reception, complaints, denunciation and anti-corruption by the heads of six provinces. These provinces are Bac Ninh, Ninh Binh, Quang Nam, Kon Tum, Tay Ninh and Binh Thuan. The inspection was part of the Viet Nam Government Inspectorate's plan in 2016, recently approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. Under the plan, the government inspectors also examined compliance with regulations on the use of capital and property, as well as the restructuring of the Airports Corporation of Viet Nam. An inspection of the state management's work regarding dyke projects is also scheduled to be conducted at the agriculture and rural development ministry in 2016. — VNS … [Read more...]

Ineffective IPs to be reviewed

HA NOI (VNS)— Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has instructed some provinces which have occupancy rate of less than 30 per cent at industrial parks (IPs) to review investment attraction and improving their effectiveness. The localities include Son La, Binh Thuan, Ninh Thuan, and Ca Mau, in addition to Hoa Binh, Thanh Hoa, Ha Tinh and Cao Bang. Some IPs in Ha Noi, Khanh Hoa and Ba Ria-Vung Tau with low effectiveness should also be reviewed. Statistics from the government showed that in the first nine months of the year, Viet Nam has five newly established IPs bringing the total to 299 with 85,000ha. Of which, 212 IPs came into operation with occupancy rate of 67 per cent, two per cent higher than the same period last year. The country has three new economic zones in central Quang Tri, Thanh Hoa and Nghe An provinces, making the total number to 16 IZs with area of 815,000ha. — VNS … [Read more...]

Theatres face tough time after TV series bloom

Theatres in HCM City are losing audiences and battling to stay alive in a losing fight against television. Artists performing a play at Phu Nhuan Theatre. The 5B Theatre and Thuan Viet Theatre have closed, while Phu Nhuan Theatre is struggling to stay open. Several plays at Hoang Thai Thanh Theatre had to be cancelled because too few tickets were sold. Huynh Anh Tuan, director of the Thai Duong Company, said, "We are wholly depending on the children's play series 'Once upon a time'. Profits from this series are used to offset loses from other plays. We can't afford to invest in new equipment because we are trying everything to save money to stay open." Tuan said new plays were a risk. "A major play, which needed VND500 million (USD22,700) before, now costs at least VND1 billion," he said. Tuan Tu said he abandoned theatre-going due to the bloom of entertainment on television and the internet. Watching TV at home was more comfortable than sitting in an old building with … [Read more...]

Universe beckons beauty queen

Top three: Pham Thi Huong receives congratulations from the two runner-ups after being crowned Viet Nam Miss Universe 2015. NHA TRANG (VNS) — Pham Thi Huong overcame 43 other candidates to be crowned Viet Nam Miss Universe 2015. The 24-year-old from Hai Phong won the competition in Nha Trang on Saturday night. Huong was previously the first runner-up of the Miss World Sport 2014 in Russia, and made the top 10 of Miss Viet Nam 2014. At a Q&A at the final, Huong, a lecturer from the Sai Gon College of Arts, Culture and Tourism, was asked "What is the most challenging thing that you want to overcome?" by a jury member, photographer Quoc Huy. She responded: "It's to win myself. Another big challenge is to pursue my passions, my dreams as well as aiming to become a woman with brainpower, dignity and beauty." Huong also grabbed the Miss Swimsuit title thanks to her curvy figure and stunning professional model skills. Alongside the VND2.2-billion crown, the beauty queen has … [Read more...]

Beauty contestants shine in Ao Dai debate

Several Vietnam celebrities have been criticised for wearing modifications of the country's traditional long dress, the Ao Dai, but many others have won high praise at international beauty contests. Mai Phuong Thuy at Miss World 2006 Women have chosen to wear the dress in traditional costume sections of beauty contests, and were meticulously designed by talented designers. Model Thuy Hang said the Ao Dai is not only a symbol of Vietnamese women’s beauty but is highly appreciated for its elegance. "The long dress has been selected as Vietnam’s national costume as it is simple but elegant and impalpable, which successfully demonstrates the personality of those who wear it," said Hang. "Models wearing the Ao Dai must be charming and lissome in order to show Vietnamese women’s elegant, ardent and opulent beauty," she said. Miss Vietnam 2006 Mai Phuong Thuy left a great impression on international friends in the traditional costume show at the Miss World 2006 in … [Read more...]

Vietnamese-American students first perform Ao Dai in US

Photo: vnexpress.net An Ao Dai (traditional long dress) show of designer Thuan Viet performed by Vietnamese – American students studying and living in the US was organize at American History of Natural History in New York on May 24th. Students named An Vo, Bi Bi Tran, Simon Nguyen and Jessica Truong were chosen to wear the most beautiful traditional long dresses and made up like professional model models. To help the young Vietnamese – American people remember the homeland, the organizing board decided to invite original Vietnamese students to perform instead of models. Apart from designer Thuan Viet, seven other Asian designers from Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia were also invited to participate in the show./. … [Read more...]

Vietnamese “ao dai” shown in RoK

Two dresses in Viet's collection "My love, my city" PANO – Designer Thuan Viet has debuted his latest "ao dai" (Vietnamese traditional long gown) collection titled "My love, my city" at the Vietnam Cultural Fest, which is running from May 25th to 30th in Busan and Seoul of the Republic of Korea. The collection shows traditional "ao dai" designs with heat-printed works of local photographer Jet Huynh on their two panels. The photos highlight Ho Chi Minh City’s icons such as the newly opened Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street and Ben Thanh Market at night, and modern skyscrapers. Earlier this month, the designer introduced his two other "ao dai" collections at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Translated by Viet Anh … [Read more...]

Vietnamese artists travel to South Korea for performance

A delegation of Vietnamese artists will give the performances in Seoul and Busan in the Republic of Korea on the occasion of the visit of Ho Chi Minh‘s leaders. Ao dai by Thuan Viet Meritorious Artist Ta Minh Tam, singers Vo Ha Tram and Tieu Chau Nhu Quynh, fashion designer Thuan Viet, Miss Ao Dai 2014 Lan Khue, Miss Vietnam 2010 First Runner-up Hoang My, Miss World Sport 2014 1st runner-up Pham Huong, Bong Sen dancing troupe and leading models will take part in the performances. One of the highlights will be a fashion show featuring Ao dai (Vietnamese traditional dress) titled My love, my city by Thuan Viet. A delegation of Ho Chi Minh City high ranking officials led by Politburo member, Secretary of the City Party Committee, Le Thanh Hai has paid an official visit to the Republic of Korea (RoK) from May 23-30. … [Read more...]

OVs in Seoul celebrate Vietnam-RoK diplomatic ties

(VOV) - Overseas Vietnamese (OVs) in Seoul organized an art performance at the Han Kyungchik Memorial Hall on May 24 in celebration of 23 years of Vietnam-RoK diplomatic ties. The event, organized by the Overseas Vietnamese Association in collaboration with the Embassy of Vietnam in the RoK, was timed to coincide with the 125th anniversary of late President Ho Chi Minh’s birthday. Speaking at the event, President of the Overseas Vietnamese Association Tran Hai Linh expressed his sincere thanks to HCM City municipal leaders, the Embassy of Vietnam in the RoK, Soongsil University and Vietjet Air for their support of the day’s festivities. The art performance drew the participation of well-known Vietnamese singers Tieu Chau Nhu Quynh and Vo Ha Tram in addition to a large number of Vietnamese circus troupes. Those in attendance also enjoyed a fashion show featuring a collection by famous Vietnamese designer Thuan Viet and a sand painting demonstration by Vietnamese … [Read more...]

Art & Entertainment News 25/5

Vietnamese Ao Dai introduced in New York Designer Thuan Viet and models. Two collections of Ao Dai (Vietnamese traditional dresses) were introduced to international friends at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City in the United States on May 23. The show was under a cultural and arts programme for the conservation of wildlife species with the participation of eight Asian countries - Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia and Vietnam. The collections included 30 dresses by designer Thuan Viet and were shown onVietnamese models from New York City, New Jersey and Washington. The dresses’ patterns were embroidered with the image of tigers from kinds of Vietnamese folk paintings and crystal glass flowers. In addition to the show, a workshop on Dong Ho folk painting and a display of Hoi An lanterns were held during the programme. Through unique cultural activities, international friends could know more about the beauty of … [Read more...]