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Shyness


This is the photo I shot in Hue the city that has the nick-name 撫o d鄆
City because almost everyone dress this once they leave their house. Here, female students must take white 醥 d鄆 as uniform, along with the conical hat as a must-tradition.

Girls in Hue are the shyest ones among the three regions of our country Vietnam. That抯 why they have a quite different term: in the South, shyness is mắc cỡ, and in the North, it is bẽn lẽn. In Hue, even though the golden time of kingdom has gone, the girls here still be ốt dột when a male look at them or ask them a question. Hopefully my explanation gives you the answer as to why the face of this beautiful girl has been half-covered.



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In Viet Nam, the 醥 d鄆 is the traditional dress for women. Developed from Chinese court clothing in the 1930s, this style of clothing went out of fashion in the north in 1954 and in the south in 1975. Recently, however, it has made a comeback and is regaining popularity in the south among schoolgirls and office workers, and is being worn at formal functions. An indication of social standing, the 醥 d鄆 is worn by women who work as shop assistants or who have a higher social status, while manual workers typically wear a loose top and baggy pants called an 醥 b ba.
Pronounced 揳o yai in the south, but 揳o zai in the north, the 醥 d鄆 is considered to be an elegant, yet demure, garment. Traditionally, long, wide-legged trousers are worn under a high-necked, long-sleeved, fitted tunic with slits along each side. The outfit抯 pants reach to the soles of the feet, often trailing along the ground. Over time, the dress tunic has evolved, keeping with fashion trends, and has grown shorter and shorter until it now falls just below the knees. The 醥 d鄆 can also be identified by its mandarin-style or boat-neck collar. Young girls wear only pastel colored or white garments while married women wear either dark or bright tunics over black or white trousers.
Historically, Vietnamese men dressed in mandarin style suits. With a tunic shorter and fuller than the 醥 d鄆, the suit抯 color was traditionally determined by the man抯 class and social rank. For example, a purple suit denoted a high rank while blue denoted a low rank. Status was also indicated through a variety of embroidered symbols. Today the mandarin suit is rarely worn except for in traditional dance or music performances.



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