Ao dai on display at HCMC's War Remnants museum

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Ao dais are displayed at an exhibition in Ho Chi Minh City's War Remnants Museum

An exhibition featuring the ao dai, the traditional long Vietnamese dress, is on until December 17 at the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City.

Entitled "Vietnamese women's ao dai through war," the exhibition displays 30 ao dai, 90 photos of ao dai, and 16 documents related to the topic, according to a report of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

On display are ao dai worn by women prisoners, politicians, soldiers and students, some of whom took part in significant activities during the Vietnam War.

Various exhibits, such as poems on ao dai and sewing machines for making the costume are also on display.

Huynh Ngoc Van, director of the museum, said the ao dai accompanied Vietnamese women through the hardships they endured during the war, giving the garment great historical value.

Now considered a national costume, the ao dai honors the beauty and strength of Vietnamese women, Van said.

She said she that the exhibition would send a message to the public to preserve and promote the costume.

As part of the exhibition, seminars on the ao dai will be held on December 7 and 14.

The War Remnants Museum is located at 28 Vo Van Tan Street, District 3.

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