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Mrs. Isabelle Palier

Born into a household with a seamstress as a sister, I've always had a penchant for sewing or crafting doll's outfits since I was a child. I moved to France in 2006 to turn a fresh page in my life. There were many options that were open to me at the time, including an abundance of jobs, but I decided to give everything I had in order to pursue my dreams.

At first, it was challenging for me to get employment due to my limited proficiency in French. I begged the owners of every tailor business I could locate to take me in. Despite several setbacks, I never considered giving up. I eventually found my desired work after pursuing it all throughout my teenage years, have dedicated my life to it since then, and have been able to create my own business in the heart of Lorient.

Maeva, my own daughter, was only two years old when I made her an Ao Dai for the first time in France. It was a small crimson Ao Dai, which I still recall as being really charming. It takes a very trained and cautious tailor to sew an Ao Dai; it is not an easy task. But when I saw the Ao Dai which I had made by my own hand, I was overcome with pride and happiness. This was because of the talented tailor I had become and because I had created it on French land.

My friend's mother-in-law was my first French customer. She wanted to show her love for her daughter-in-law by purchasing a traditional Ao Dai from a tailor. I can still clearly remember sewing the Ao Dai with all of my passion and longing for my own land In addition, I was really proud since many French people in my city had heard of Ao Dai, and several of my customers had even inquired about the Ao Dai I had on display in the store.

For me, having the ability to make Ao Dai for my foreign friend on the land of France by myself is not only an honor, but also a source of pride because only those who genuinely respect a culture would dress in its customary clothes.

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