Beauty of Ta Oi ethnic costume

The beauty of Ta Oi ethnic’s costume is linked with their traditional craft ‘zeng’. Zeng is a type of brocade of Ta Oi people in A Luoi district in the central province of Thua Thien - Hue.

The craft has a long history in the locale. Zeng weaving has been well preserved through generations in A Luoi, where women play a very important role in teaching their daughters about the cultural practice (Photo: VNA)

The craft has a long history in the locale. Zeng weaving has been well preserved through generations in A Luoi, where women play a very important role in teaching their daughters about the cultural practice (Photo: VNA)

Zeng are indispensable for offerings in the Ta Oi people’s community activities, when participants are also dressed with costumes made from zeng cloth (Photo: VNA)

Zeng are indispensable for offerings in the Ta Oi people’s community activities, when participants are also dressed with costumes made from zeng cloth (Photo: VNA)

Zeng fabric is made from cotton flowers usually harvested in September. The fabric is dyed in different colours which are made from different plants and leaves (Photo: VNA)

Zeng fabric is made from cotton flowers usually harvested in September. The fabric is dyed in different colours which are made from different plants and leaves (Photo: VNA)

After having a dyed fabric, the Ta Oi woman starts weaving on frame made from bamboo or wooden pieces and quite simple and compact. Thanks to that, Ta Oi women can bring their looms to anywhere to weave whenever they have free time (Photo: VNA)

After having a dyed fabric, the Ta Oi woman starts weaving on frame made from bamboo or wooden pieces and quite simple and compact. Thanks to that, Ta Oi women can bring their looms to anywhere to weave whenever they have free time (Photo: VNA)

Along with the fabric, beads not only use to create patterns but also contribute to the value of Zeng of Ta Oi people. The more Zeng fabric has floral patterns, the more it is valuable (Photo: VNA)

Along with the fabric, beads not only use to create patterns but also contribute to the value of Zeng of Ta Oi people. The more Zeng fabric has floral patterns, the more it is valuable (Photo: VNA)

 
In the Ta Oi community, when a girl reaches the marriage age, she must know to weave a beautiful piece of zeng as a present for her future husband’s family, so it is considered a measure of the girl’s proficiency in domestic affairs (Photo: VNA)

In the Ta Oi community, when a girl reaches the marriage age, she must know to weave a beautiful piece of zeng as a present for her future husband’s family, so it is considered a measure of the girl’s proficiency in domestic affairs (Photo: VNA)

In modern life, the craft helps create jobs for local residents as it has been utilised as a typical tourist product for visitors to A Luoi District (Photo: VNA)

In modern life, the craft helps create jobs for local residents as it has been utilised as a typical tourist product for visitors to A Luoi District (Photo: VNA)

The traditional craft of zeng weaving of Ta Oi ethnic group in A Luoi district, Thua Thien–Hue province was recognised as a national intangible cultural heritage in 2016 (Photo: VNA)

The traditional craft of zeng weaving of Ta Oi ethnic group in A Luoi district, Thua Thien–Hue province was recognised as a national intangible cultural heritage in 2016 (Photo: VNA)

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