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Thu Thuy Nguyen



For Vietnamese women, the Ao Dai is an essential piece in every wardrobe and for every important occasion. It embodies the elegance of a high school girl, the gracefulness of a young woman, the beauty of a bride on her wedding day, and the warmth of a mother during family gatherings. All of these special moments are intertwined with the image of Ao Dai.


As for me, I do not only wear Ao Dai on special occasions, but even on ordinary days. Being a teacher has given me more opportunities to wear this traditional outfit, such as on the first day of school, on Vietnam Teachers' Day, during semester assessments, parent-teacher conferences, and year-end celebrations. Wearing áo dài on these occasions makes the classroom and the school atmosphere more prestigious, and it also uplifts my own spirits.


As a mother of two daughters, I regularly wear Ao Dai during Lunar New Year and while visiting relatives, as a way of passing on cultural traditions and instilling a love for this elegant attire in my children. Every year, I make new áo dài for myself and my daughters, and donate our old ones to women's organizations in remote areas, spreading the love for this beloved garment.


The Ao Dai will always be a part of my daily life and that of my children's. It's as natural as breathing, as the air that surrounds us, and as charming as the very fabric of Vietnam's Ao Dai.



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