A special place men were born to make Ao Dai, Trach Xa village

Lying some 60km away from downtown Hanoi, Trach Xa village is well-known for its long-lasting tradition of making Ao Dai.
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The special thing about Trach Xa craft village is senior craftsmen only pass their skills and experience to their male offsprings. The tradition has been kept until today.

A special place men were born to make Ao Dai, Trach Xa village
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According to villagers of Trach Xa village, the sewing profession in Trach Xa village stemmed from the year 968 by one of Nguyen Thi Sen, one of King Dinh Tien Hoang's wives.

A special place men were born to make Ao Dai, Trach Xa village
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Granpa Nguyen Van Nhien, nearly 100 years old, is one of the artisans in Trach Xa village who spent the longest years making Ao Dai. He now no longer makes Ao Dai but is handing down his skills and experience to his sons and grandsons.

A special place men were born to make Ao Dai, Trach Xa village
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Ms. Pham Hai, grandpa Nhien's daughter-in-law, helps her husband every day. Her task is to embroider out different patterns on Ao Dai.

A special place men were born to make Ao Dai, Trach Xa village
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Floral patterns are sketched out before being embroidered. Embroidery requires a lot of dexterity and patience.

A special place men were born to make Ao Dai, Trach Xa village
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Mr. Le Van Duan, 51 years old, has been making Ao Dai for more than 30 years.

A special place men were born to make Ao Dai, Trach Xa village
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Each Ao Dai tailored-made in Trach Xa village is priced from VND 700,000 (US $30.37), depending on the material and the patterns embroidered on the dress.

A special place men were born to make Ao Dai, Trach Xa village
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Ao dai sewing will be done through the following steps: selecting fabric, taking measurements, cutting, machine, sewing, etc.

A special place men were born to make Ao Dai, Trach Xa village
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A special place men were born to make Ao Dai, Trach Xa village
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The tailor must be very meticulous to have a nicely cut piece of cloth.

A special place men were born to make Ao Dai, Trach Xa village
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In the past, Ao Dai in Trach Xa village was completely handcrafted. Today, although there are technical support, the tailor still pay attention to manual steps to have an impeccable Ao Dai.

A special place men were born to make Ao Dai, Trach Xa village
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"My grandpa and father showed me the ropes of Ao Dai making since I was a small boy. I will pass down the tricks to my two sons", Mr. Ta Quang Nha, 43 years old, told VNE.

A special place men were born to make Ao Dai, Trach Xa village
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Nha is making the collar for Ao Dai.

A special place men were born to make Ao Dai, Trach Xa village
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The Ao Dai sewing profession in Trach Xa was most developed around the 80s of the last century. However, it is not as popular now as it used to be. Many villagers relocate to Hanoi to open their tailor shop to boost sales volumes.

A special place men were born to make Ao Dai, Trach Xa village
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Many Ao Dai are now "modernized" to cater for the diverse fashion taste in the market. However, those made by Trach Xa villagers still retain the cultural patterns and traditional design.

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