Folk art becomes top fashion

VietNamNet Bridge – Contemplating paintings on a wall goes back to neolithic times, but wearing art on items of clothing is a new experience for wearer and watcher in Vietnam. Today, many young artists share a passion for folk paintings transferred by the printing craft from design to jackets, ao dai (traditional long dress) and even shoes. They are excited by the vitality of folk paintings, whose popularity has been waning in recent years so they are finding ways to revive the art and make it popular in contemporary life. Designer Dang Ngoc Han proudly introduced a collection of traditional long dress inspired by Hang Trong paintings at an art event for APEC Week last November. The collection not only honoured the traditional art of Viet Nam, it also “wowed” international guests. “Among the many ao dai collections I have created, I selected Hang Trong as my inspiration, thus presenting two slices of Vietnamese culture at the same time,” she said. (Hang Trong art is traditionally produced on paper with one carved woodblock inked in black to give an outline that is then filled in with different colours by hand. Its artistic cousin, Dong Ho, is produced by a series of woodblocks, each carrying a different colour). Han released her collection during an Ao Dai Festival in 2016 in Hanoi. Among the outfits, some were designed for children, the disabled and the overweight because she wanted to create products suitable for all people. The festival was her chance to make… [Read full story]


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