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Áo bà ba - Casual wear in South Vietnam

"Ao ba ba" is a typical casual wear in South Vietnam, especially in rural Mekong Delta areas. "Ao ba ba" simply consists of a pair of silk pants and a long sleeved shirt. The shirt is long and split at the sides of waist. It usually has a button line and two pockets at the bottom.

Ao ba ba

"Ao ba ba" is a typical casual wear in South Vietnam, especially in rural Mekong Delta areas

In the old days, South Vietnamese always wear Ao ba ba not only when they are inside but also outside. It is used even when people do farming. It became popular in major community because of its usefulness. Furthermore, materials for making “ao ba ba” are so easy to find. If you don’t have silk, you can replace by normal cloths as long as they are comfortable. Depending on colors, ao ba ba has different usages. Dark colors such as black, brown… are used for working clothes. Bright and colorful outfits are for events, festivals or going -out days….

Dark colors such as black, brown… are used for working clothes

Bright and colorful outfits are for events, festivals or going -out days

Bright and colorful outfits are for events, festivals or going -out days

Modern versions allow countless different designs, colors, and embroidery, which have allowed the costume's transition into modern Vietnamese fashion as well. Nowadays, although people do not wear ao ba ba as regularly as before, it still keeps a spiritual position. Because it is a part of not only history, culture but also Vietnamese.