The tattooed Chin women who lives in the villages in the remote hills of the Chin State are far more than 70 years old. The tattoos on their faces are gradually disappearing along with tattooing tradition which was abandoned by the Myanmar government since 1960.
This 72-year-old woman Mrs Pwethang lives in Kanpetlet. She has started having her face tattooed since she was 15. The process took five years to complete and tattooing the eyelids were the worst part of the process. Happiness for her is simple, i.e smoking pipe, performing musical instrument , or sometime just sitting alone to recall the memories.
The photo was taken in Cao Bang province - one of mountainous province in the North of Vietnam. It is well-known for its beautiful landscapes. Row on row of mountains, greenery of the valleys and sounds of waterfall are things that you can spend hours to enjoy.
This amazing natural image. It is rare when I was standing on the top of the moutian in Sapa district and witnessed this scene suddenly. The sunlight goes down to to Hang Da church in Sapa town in a spring afternoon as the light rays go down from paradise.
Dalat is a tourist city in the highlands of Vietnam, with a height of more than 2000m above sea level. Dalat always has mild tropical climate. The average temperature is 25°C . Dalat is often misty throughout the city. We photographers must wake up very early to catch the dawn on the high mountains. This is a photograph taken at sunset from the mountain.
Long Bien Bridge is the first steel bridge to cross the Red River of Hanoi, Vietnam. Built by the French (1898-1902), named Doumer Bridge, after the name of Governor General of Indochina Paul Doumer. Folk also known as Cai bridge bridge or Bo De bridge. There are still plates metal plate carved 1899 -1902 - Daydé & Pillé - Paris.
Phan Rang, Ninh Thuan, Vietnam is a harsh climate, with little rainfall all year round, the development of agriculture is very difficult, sheep are suitable for climatic conditions here and every afternoon. Vivid picture.
Vietnamese traditional long gown
There are many things traditional to Vietnam yet deeply impress people from all over the world. Ao dai is one of them.
The exact origin of Ao dai is still controversial. Ao dai is thought to be influenced by the imperial Chinese garb of the Qing Dynasty, known as Cheongsam. It is a fitted, full-length dress worn over black or white loose-fitting trousers. Unlike Cheongsam, however, Ao dai is split all the way from the waist down, contouring the pants. In 1744, the Nguyen Dynasty required that both men and women should wear both pants and gown, though not until 1930 that Ao dai takes a similar shape to what it is right now.
Ao dai has experienced many modifications since its original version. Ao tu than, which had been worn by Vietnamese women centuries before the Ao dai evolved into the five-paneled dress which is known as the closest form to the Ao dai. The older version of Ao dai then has five flaps: two in the back, two in the front and one under the front lap. Ao dai, however, is more tight fitted and has higher collar without a bodice underneath.
Vietnamese Ao Dai for highschool
The public was inclined to think that in 1930, the Vietnamese fashion designer Cat Tuong (a.k.a Le Mur) – a graduate from French Fine Arts College of Indochina, modified Ao dai, which had the top lengthened to reach the floor, less material to be made and slimmer flaps. Consequently, Ao dai was then called Le Mur tunic.
Throughout the 20th century, there has been numerous changes in the design of Ao dai: from floral to checkered patterns, the use of transparent fabric, variations in the neck collar (between boat and mandarin style), the shortening of the gown’s length and different colors of the loose pants. The modern Ao dai we see today is tight-fitting, which accentuates and flatters the women’s curves. Therefore, Ao dai is interestingly considered to cover everything, but hide nothing, especially when it is made of thin or see-through fabric.
Unlike many other traditional costumes, Ao dai still remained popular and influencial in the modern day Vietnamese culture. Although Ao dai is no longer worn by men, nor do women on a daily basis, in special occasions, they are still used widely. Ao dai is still women favorite dress in traditional festivities or occasions such as Tet, wedding or graduation. In some high schools and universities in Vietnam, the white ao dai is considered school uniform for female students.
The beauty of Vietnamese women is honoured thanks to Ao dai, so it is hard to think of any outfit better-suited the Vietnamese than Ao dai itself. Ao dai, therefore, is an ideal souvenir for foreign tourists upon leaving Vietnam, to remind them of a beautiful country that they have been to.
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