By Minh Thu Contemplating paintings on a wall goes back to neolithic times, but wearing art on items of clothing is a new experience for wearer and watcher in Việt Nam. Today, many young artists share a passion for folk paintings transferred by the printing craft from design to jackets, áo dài (traditional long dress) and even shoes. They are excited by the vitality of folk paintings, whose popularity has been waning in recent years so they are finding ways to revive the art and make it popular in contemporary life. Designer Đặng Ngọc Hân proudly introduced a collection of traditional long dress inspired by Hàng Trống paintings at an art event for APEC Week last November. The collection not only honoured the traditional art of Việt Nam, it also “wowed” international guests. “Among the many áo dài collections I have created, I selected Hàng Trống as my inspiration, thus presenting two slices of Vietnamese culture at the same time,” she said. (Hàng Trống art is traditionally produced on paper with one carved woodblock inked in black to give an outline that is then filled in with different colours by hand. Its artistic cousin, Đông Hồ, is produced by a… Read full this story
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