Korean TV show creates giant ao dai
13:41′ 19/02/2008 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge – Korean television producers have wrapped up shooting a video segment on the giant ao dai (traditional dress) created by Vietnamese designer Vo Viet Chung.

The Korean TV show Global News, which airs on the Korean KBS World Channel on Sunday, will feature the ao dai, made with 1,000m of fabric.

Programme director Ra Seung-jong said the show would be presented in English and Korean on the Korean channel, which airs internationally.

Designer Chung said he was proud of presenting Vietnam’s cultural heritage to the world.

The ao dai was made with My A silk and embroidered with many kinds of threads, including gold, silk and synthetic fibres, by skilled craftspeople.

Chung also used 10,000 kinds of precious stones for decorating the ao dai with designs featuring nine flying dragons, which symbolise the nine major rivers of the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta.

He said he hoped that with such designs on the ao dai, foreigners would understand the Vietnamese country, history and culture.

Chung, however, said that he was still having difficulty in finding money to finish the dress, and hoped to receive more support from State agencies and patrons.

Chung also expects to show the ao dai in an exhibition in France during the Viet Nam Cultural Week beginning on June 20, and hopes that it will be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records.

The ao dai will be sold at an auction in France after the exhibition ends.

(Source: Viet Nam News)