Costumes through the ages on show in Hanoi

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A piece of Con rope worn in the days of the Nguyen Dynasty (18021945), one of many exhibits at the Manzi Art Space in Hanoi from August 23 to September 9

A very special historical display of images, paintings and royal costumes exploring the attire worn by Vietnamese people from all levels of society from 1009 to 1945 opened on Friday August 23 in Hanoi.

Conducted by 28-year-old researcher Tran Quang Duc of the Viet Nam Institute of Literature, this study is described as the most comprehensive research ever undertaken on the subject, and was published in book form by Nha Nam Company and World Publishing House last May.

"It is an absolute blessing that such valuable resources have been published as a book," says Trinh Bach, one of many scholars heaping praise on the book, which is titled Ngan nam ao mu (1000 years of costumes).

"Up until now, this is one of the most in-depth, detailed studies on Vietnamese culture and clothing, both locally and internationally," says Bach, who has spent years studying the royal costumes of old Vietnam.

The exhibition at the Manzi Art Space, 14 Phan Huy Ich Street, Hanoi runs until September 9. The program includes a talk at 3 p.m. on August 28 by researcher Tran Quang Duc, who graduated from Beijing University in China.

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