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Women’s clothing from Nguyen Dynasty revived in chibi-style paintings hinh anh 1 Women’s Clothing from the Nguyen Dynasty, which consists of over 10 illustrations in chibi style, aims to shed more light on Vietnam costumes during the historical period. (Photo courtesy of Kris Nguyen)
Hanoi (VNS/VNA) – An art project featuring typical women’s costumes
during the Nguyen Dynasty (1802-1945) was created during the social distancing
period by Nguyen Quoc Tri, a.k.a Kris Nguyen, an illustrator in Binh Thanh
district in Ho Chi Minh City.

Women’s Clothing from the Nguyen Dynasty, which consists of over 10
illustrations in chibi style, aims to shed more light on Vietnam’s costumes
during the historical period.

“Many people think that the costumes of the Nguyen Dynasty were not diverse.
The most widely known clothing during this period is traditional five-flap
tunic with tight-fitting sleeves, the predecessor of the current ao dai (Vietnamese traditional long
dress),” Kris said.

“In fact, they were truly varied. Different regions in the nation had different
ways of dressing and variations on five-flap shirts.

“Therefore, I hope to offer another outlook and better understanding of the
costumes in this era via this project,” he added.

The 24-year-old illustrator explained that he has chosen chibi style to depict
the clothing in a simplified manner that enables the viewers to easily access
them without getting bored.

Women’s Clothing from the Nguyen Dynasty was completed within a
month. The first five illustrations featuring the special forms were finished
and introduced in the first two weeks and the rest done in the last week.

To ensure the accuracy of the costumes, Kris simplified the small parts of the
patterns and focused on depicting their styles. At the same time, he consulted
many reputable sources of information and specialists with thorough knowledge
of history.

The most difficult thing for Kris is changing the mindset of most viewers.

“Some people still think that the ancient Vietnamese costumes look like those
of Chinese or that they don’t look authentic Vietnamese. It is inevitable as Vietnam
has been through a period of severe cultural fracture.

“So I needed to create a new series of images, simple and receptive, that could
convince even the most demanding people,” he said.

Among women’s clothing from the Nguyen Dynasty, Kris is most impressed with the
five-flap tunic with tight-fitting sleeves, the simplest outfit and also the
predecessor of modern ao dai.

“The coordination and mix of the accessories and hair style of the women in
this outfit was extremely diverse. Moreover, different regions have different
variations. The variety in pattern design is also one of the things that make
this plain-looking outfit so unique,” he said.

At the moment, Women’s Clothing from the
Nguyen Dynasty could not be commercially exploited so Kris plans to
develop the illustrations into a set of postcards that could be sold online as
soon as the pandemic is under control.

A descendant of Lord Nguyen Phuc Khoat, the 8th lord of the Nguyen Dynasty, Ton
That Minh Khoi, highly appraises the cute drawing style featured in the art
project, as it enables historical topics to become close and accessible to the
mass audience.

He also commented that the project has been consulted with clear and reliable
sources of information, enabling the viewers to envision the clothing of
Vietnamese women from all walks of life in different regions during the Nguyen
Dynasty and therefore to have a vivid visual reference source on studying the

“Kris’s project has reflected the diversity in the clothing of the Nguyen
Dynasty, and at the same time, created a premise for further similar studies. I
much anticipate the project featuring men’s clothing also by Kris,” Khoi told Phap Luat Thanh Pho Ho Chi Minh (HCM
City Law) e-newspaper.

Women’s Clothing from the Nguyen Dynasty is not the first project
of the graduate of Ton Duc Thang University with a passion for culture and
tradition. Earlier, Kris had created many art projects featuring Vietnamese
culture infused with modern colours.

His style has been greatly influenced by Mai Trung Thu and Le Pho, two late
renowned Vietnamese painters who paved the foundation of contemporary
Vietnamese art.

Besides working as a graphic designer and illustrator in HCM City, Kris is also
the co-founder of Hoa Nien, a business on Vietnamese ancient clothing, which
has become his source of inspiration to study and develop his art projects.

“I have had a strong passion for Asian cultures, particularly those of Japan,
China and Vietnam, since I was a student. The further I have studied, the more
I have found out that many issues in Vietnamese culture have rarely been known
to the public.

My art projects therefore aim to provide an outlook on Vietnam as a wealthy,
colourful and vibrant nation,” he said.

Kris also revealed that he would create more projects featuring Vietnamese
royal and folk tales in the future, the highlights of which are the costumes
and the lifestyles of ancient Vietnamese people, to tell the stories of the old
days to the young people./.

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