Nov 9 2015
Ao dai and saree, the two traditional costumes of Vietnam and India, honor the long-standing beauty of women of the two countries, and can be considered the apparel of the future, according to Smita Pant, Indian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City.
“Indian saree and Vietnamese ao dai are not just simple attire, they are culture,” Consul General Pant told Tuoi Tre News on the sidelines of an ao dai-saree fashion show in the city on Friday.
“They are extremely unique because they have their own identity. The saree, for example, has been in existence for 3,000-5,000 years and has never gone out of fashion,” she said.
“Moreover, the costume, and similarly ao dai, could look extremely ethnic and at the same time could have a very modern look depending on how you wrap it,” she said.
“They both convey culture, beauty and unique identity. They are beautiful and elegant. Therefore, these two costumes together are pure elegance and style,” the diplomat added.