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5 countries of Pacific Asia with Backpack Garden

5 countries of Pacific Asia with Backpack Garden

Japan. 

Japan is an amazing country, very unique in the world. After being closed to the world for centuries and develop the consciousness of samuraï. The country provide amazing sightseeing, volcanoes, beach, temple, as an incredible urban lifestyle with themed restaurant and themed area. We can enjoy there like nowhere else in the all world some very specific japanese culture related activities : Sumo, Kimono, Manga, Sushi, Shinto temple, Japanese castle, traditionnal handycraft … A true visit in an unique country than we cherish a lot at the backpack Garden.

Mont Fuji from Kitadake

Top point ( of the day ) ? 

Enjoying Akihbara, an area in the heart of Tokyo than every Otaku* in the world would love for gaming, doujinshi, self-made manga , maid cafe and cosplay as for enjoying idol band and the most famous of them AKB48.

The choice of Alan Parker in Japan ? 

Trendy, classy and funny, the clown backpack will offer you a real popularity in Tokyo who use to have these type of representation as interaction, fashion victim will probably ask you where did you buy it ? 

Korea ( we mean South Korea … ) 

South Korea has surprised the world by its fantastic economic success. From a poor country, south Korea developed a lot of fascinating process, and big company, Samsung in the highlight, to become now one of the top economic country in the world. The quick growing let on the road the old style ajuma ( old lady ) than you can appreciate as a tourist but some of the best place to go out and shop as Korean fashion has also been deeply developed.

Top point (of the day) ? 

We stay in Seoul and we decide to select Gangnam ! So, the area is worlwide famous thanks (because?) the Gangnam style of PSY but it was already the case before ! Top point for luxury fashion, and best club in town, Gangnam is worth the visit ( the imperial palace as well. If you appreciate the Korean beauty, it’s also a key place to go specially at spring when flowers blossoms ).

The choice of Alan Parker in Korea ? 

Well established in black and white fashion, you don’t need to look too trendy in south Korea, except if you are ready to spend a very huge amount of money. Alan Parker advice to go with a very reasonable priced black backpack, strass will help you to gain popularity.

Taïwan.

We don’t talk much about the island, and we are wrong. Taïwan is very interesting on many points. There are old ethnies living there on the East seaside coast, the island was colonized by Japan before, then back to China, before becoming relatively independant when they decide to leave chinese communism to build a own new country. Life in Taïwan is incredibly peaceful compare to its high degree of development. A place to have a sweet life with high standards.

Top point (of the day) ? 

Hmm. We decide to leave to the east and Hualien county before reaching Taito. The ethnical part of Taïwan offer a wide range of customs than the visitor will definetely find as interesting.

The choice of Alan Parker in Taïwan ? 

 

China.

China is a massive country. Nearly a continent. Talking about China in just a few sentences is partially a non sense. That’s why we focused on the old imperial civilization than China has been, developing world treasure as the forbidden city, the old city of Xian, and now developing new architecture and unique design. A country growing quickly in despite of its weight.

Top point (of the day) ? 

Alan decided to leave for the mountain of the east, or Taishan, one of the Five sacred mountain at west of Beijing and for cause, it’s said to be the departure point of imperial China more than 3 millenary ago and numeral references bring the mountain of the east as the one we should visit for success. ( it’s also beautiful like hell actually ! )

The choice of Alan Parker in China ? 

Hong Kong.

Hong Kong was UK, it’s China since 1997 but still having an autonomous legal system. Well know for its central island, and its building, Hong Kong is an amazing small territory for its cinema, famous in Asia, for its local food “Dim sum”.

Top point (of the day) ? 

Even if Victoria Peak is an “have to visit”, we decided to bring you in Lamma island ( 30 minutes by ferry from Central – number 5 ) at the winter. Because the pacific turtle reproduce them on the south side of the island, and also because in despite of the high density of population living in the Hong Kong territory you will discover a no man’s land ( and maybe it will give you some harmonies ).

The choice of Alan Parker in Hong Kong ? 

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Creating a backpack

Creating a backpack needs a complex chain of steps. From choosing materials, designing the style or patterns to completion of product, it’s a combination of every meticulous stage. We found a post that comes from a visit to Riutbag factory we would like to share. Following here is several stages to complete the product.

 

CUTTING MATERIALS Once the factory has created its final manufacturable version of the plant , it knows how much of each piece of material it requires. This means it can put in an order with each of the material manufacturers and have that amount delivered to the factory. Using their final manufacturable version of the company, they know what each of the pattern pieces needs to look like too.

Starting with hundreds of yards of each material, the factors has different sized cutting moulds prepared. At least more than 1000 of each piece will be cut.

It’s difficult for us to imagine the process required to make thousand of rucksacks. That’s double number for straps each of which is made of more than 10 pieces – thousand pieces in total just to make the straps! – and a large number of zip pulls, for instance. So if there are 80 pieces which make up each backpack, that’s more than hundred thousand pieces in total to cut and collect.

 

Using their mould, it’s placed over hundreds of layers of each piece of fabric required for the given bag design. The mould is placed on by hand and a machine is used to press the mould over the material to cut it, one shape at a time. When required, tens of production line cutters will cut pieces by hand if needed.

 

EMBROIDERY AND PRINTING All the details on the fabric you see – embroidered logos, panels, designs or prints – must be added after the material is cut and before the pattern pieces make their way to the production line stitchers. Piles of cut material make their way up to production line to begin being sewn into individual parts of the bag. One or two people are given the design, they practice it under instruction of the production line manager and then make as many as is required.

 

In the case of each brand, the front panel is embroidered with the brand logo. This will be embroidered by machine on to 1300 panels by one or two people. The same goes for the printed logo on the inside tablet holding panel. Once they are ready all material is stacked and moved to the production line.

SEWING SMALLER COMPONENTS Thinking about a backpack, there are some individual pieces which must be made first before the whole bag is constructed by one person. Each strap must be constructed first. So one person has the task of learning to make, refining their approach, testing and then creating more than 100 components each day.

 

Unless the design lends itself to doing two processes in one, the person will systematically do one process at a time. 1) Sew inner foam to mesh padding; 2) sew foam/mesh padding to outer; 3) sew adjustable chest strap holder to rest of strap; 4) attach glider; 5) sew binding on to outer panel; 6) sew outer panel on to rest of strap as so on. This is to make one component. Other components on the bag which must be finished before final construction include the large padded strap at the top of the knapsack, bottle holder compartments and the three-compartment laptop holder.

MAIN BAG CONSTRUCTION This is the bit that one person does. A single person takes all of the components and builds them step by step into one bag. Depending on the size of the order, there maybe one or many people completing this stage. At the beginning, you’ve got pretty small piles of flat components lying around. But once you’re at this stage, the thing you’re producing by the end of each process is pretty huge! So the piles of finished productions is a small mountain. That means a smaller number of bags is practical to handle at any one time. For a medium sized backpack, no more than 40 can go through this final process by one person before being finished.

QUALITY CONTROL One person takes the final version, cuts off all the individual threads sticking out and tests the bag. The bag is turned inside out to inspect each seam, the finish on zips and corners. Having to cut the threads off the bag all over gives this person the perfect reason to look at every seam, nook and crannie. You might think this is an impossible task for one human to do; but once you’ve done one of two bags your eyes start seeing differences very quickly. Anything that looks out of place might be invisible to a consumer, like us, who hasn’t seen 100 others, but to this quality control and thread checker the design is imprinted on their mind for this production run. Finally, they are counted, stacked and sent to the packing room.

PACKING When your bag is completed it makes one more trip in the factory. It’s counted, put into its own protective packaging and a carton – cardboard box – for shipping. One person does each of these steps. Of all the rooms in the factory, this room had the least bustle.

WHAT ABOUT ETHNICS BACKPACK? We are always amazed when travelling around South East Asia, to see how people can handle this hard process in an artisanal way. Of course, the model displayed will be more about transmitting sewing skills, and the bag will be less resistant than those made through industrial process ( depending on the factory … ), we wanted to share a few places where you can find those backpacks if you are around : – Sapa, Vietnam ( definitely the center of ethnics culture from North Vietnam, and south China – we love their scarffs either ) – Dalat, Vietnam ( the main ethnic city in south Vietnam, must see for road trip in the middle of coffee culture, and for night market ) – Bangkok ( To go to Narayana Phand Shopping center where the Thai brand called Naraya ( google it if you don’t know about ) – Bali & Jakarta to find some IKAT, a special rare tissu, than can help producing nice backpack and bags.

 

That’s it for the process to make a backpack. Just let you know, we used the information from Riutbag company. However, each brand has their own production of making backpack, this is only for reference.

[the content using reference source at:https://www.riut.co.uk/blog/2014/12/20/how-are-rucksacks-made-step-by-step-manufacturing-process]

 


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Backpack or “bag-cat”?

When it gets hard to find a cute backpack we can just go for a cute bag cat !

Why is cat considered cute?

Cats have a unique kind of cuteness. They show affection through their large green eyes, they depict playfulness by chasing laser lights and toy spiders, and they become a part of your home, by lying on their backs with their legs perched up in the air.

They are unaware of being adorable

The main culprit is that we’ve evolved to have a strong weakness for human babies. We find “baby features” like large eyes, small noses, large foreheads, disproportionately large heads, etc. to be absolutely adorable. This weakness of ours is crucial for helping our totally helpless children stay alive. As an unintended consequence, this also extends to other animals who happen to share the same features as babies… like cats do.

Furthermore, cats have a lot of infantile personality traits (which we also find adorable, again because it helps us not murder our kids), like playfulness, curiosity, coyness, and above all: affection!

Always be curious about everything

Cats seem to have caught on to our weakness for babies. Did you know that a cat can change its meow to imitate the cries of human infants? They may not do it on purpose (although they are quite diabolical), maybe we train them by reacting strongly to “urgent baby-like cries”, but one way or another they’ve learned that they can trigger our parental instincts.

[source: https://pethelpful.com/cats/Why-are-cats-cute and https://www.quora.com/From-a-psychological-point-of-view-what-makes-cats-so-cute]

Backpack or a “bag-cat”?

Due to their cuteness, people demonstrate them as the most loveable animals. That is one of inspiration for designers to create their backpacks based on this adorable pet. Many types of trend have been made for cat lovers from the cute backpack, girly backpack  to the high-quality one.

 

The cutest bagcat.

The girliest bagcat.

 

The most beautiful bagcat.

 

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The story of Backpack Garden

The story of Backpack Garden is a fantasy created by Alan Parker.

Chapter 1. Alan Parker and the Backpack Garden

Alan Parker was a little boy with a deep sense of curiosity in despite than he was, as his sister Laura living in a countryside, not too far away from a bigger city. Out of that, he was a ordinary boy, with common taste for gaming, watching animation and enjoying playing outside with his neighbors.

The only thing which made him different was his particular interest for a culture coming for the extreme east of the world “where the sun rises”, the Japan.

As a boy, he was watching some of the most famous anime of his time. Dragon Ball, of course, captain Tsubasa as well, among Saint Seya and a few more.

What is Captain Tsubasa anime? It is a popular long-running Japanese manga, animation, and video game series, originally created by Yōichi Takahashi in 1981. The series mainly revolves around the sport of Association football focusing on Tsubasa Oozora. The series is characterized by dynamic and exciting football moves, often stylish and implausible. The plot focuses on Tsubasa’s relationship with his friends, rivalry with his opponents, training, competition, and the action and outcome of each football match.

Wikipedia

What is Dragon Ball anime? It is a Japanese media franchise created by Akira Toriyama. The initial manga, written and illustrated by Toriyama, was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1984 to 1995, with the 519 individual chapters collected into 42 tankōbon volumes by its publisher Shueisha. Dragon Ball was initially inspired by the classical Chinese novel Journey to the West. The series follows the adventures of the protagonist, Son Goku, from his childhood through adulthood as he trains in martial arts and explores the world in search of the seven orbs known as the Dragon Balls, which summon a wish-granting dragon when gathered. Along his journey, Goku makes several friends and battles a wide variety of villains, many of whom also seek the Dragon Balls.

Wikipedia

Check Dragon Ball accessories on Gomugomuworld

   By time going his interest for Japan was becoming stronger and stronger until he could finally buy a ticket and leave for the grand adventure of his life : Tokyo, Japan, after he studied, a little, of hiraganas and katakanas, the specifics japanese alphabet.

As a young adult, he was only 19, he kept his fascination for the country of Samuraï, even if he was not able to save enough money to travel until the Kansai at his first sightseeing of Japan, and to the old imperial capital of Kyoto. “It will be done the next time” he thought.

Landing in the airport of Haneda, Tokyo, he felt deeply welcoming by one of his heroes, San Goku, before arriving to his hotel, in Shibuya.

He was so excited than even being exhausted by a long trip he wasn’t able to close his eyes,waiting for the morning coming. The day started early and brought him a lot of emotions. After seeing Hachiko statue, he walked to Yoyogi Koen before enjoying Meiji Shrine. Pursuing his road he fall on the craziest street he could imagine.

In the heart of Shibuya, the cos-players, and new fashions, meet each others: The area was named long before Harajuku ( in Japanese原宿(はらじゅく). He went around the crowded street for hours and hours when he saw a backpack full of ingenuity and he immediately thought than “Laura will love it, she loves rabbit so much”. He bought it for his sister.

He went around Tokyo til the end of his journey, thinking about happiness of his little sister discovering what he wanted to offer to her.

After a few more days he left Tokyo to return home, full of memories. 

Once home, Alan met Laura who was waiting for him. He talked a lot about everything he saw in Tokyo, and spent even more time to talk about delicious dishes he had. He was particularly impressed by the taste of Takoyaki.

Takoyaki was small fried balls covered the small octopus inside, you can have them on the street in several places, it’s particularly popular during Matsuri, and summer festival. Tasty and easy to eat it could be eaten as a salted snack or as main dish.

Eventually,

Laura received her gift. Emotive, as she naturally is, she felt immediately in love with and she decided that it will be her new school backpack from now.



Chapter 2. Laura Parker and the school promotion.

 

Laura went to school for the 1st time with her new backpack than Alan offered her from Harajuku.

More than the backpack itself, Alan gave to her sister a very special pencil trousers, and some cute pencil making a perfect mix of genre for the cute girl she was.

Laura was exciting to let her friends meet her new favorite backpack and she was not disappointed by their reaction.

She was a popular school student. As beloved by her friends who wanted to be popular as stared by other guys, even older. She was pretty and stylish, and in despite of all her natural qualities, she acted modest which actually made her even more pretty and stylish.

She was the advisor of a special council she created under idea of her brother. Girls reunited to defend the interest of the weaker girls. It was because she felt so lonely at a time than Alan had this idea. He wanted his sister being surrounded by friends, and love.

The day she went back to school with the bag, her friends felt in love with the backpack, they all wanted the same, or at least, something similar. She has to ask to Alan, after school, to find something relevant to grant their wishes.



Chapter 3. Laura Parker’s friends and their love for backpacks.

Stacey

Who is she? Stacey is Laura’s best friend. They always spend time together because they have been in this friendship for 10 years. Whenever they go out, they dress up exactly the same, like sisters. If Laura has a new thing such as new backpack, she will offer to Stacey to have the same and vice versa. They enjoy wearing match so that they can be looked like twins.

What backpack does she want and why? Because of their long time friendship and they have anything in common, Stacey thinks it would be great if Alan can bring another backpack that he bought for his sister-Laura.

Victoria

Who is she? Victoria is another close friend of Laura and Stacey. They have known each other for 3 years. Actually Laura met Victoria in the first year of high school, and Laura introduced her to Stacey after that.

What backpack does she want and why? Victoria was a little bit jealous of Laura because her amazing brother brought back a fancy backpack for Laura. Victoria would love to have one as well, but hers has to be more beautiful than Laura’s and it can come with any price as Victoria is quite rich.

 

Rosy

Who is she? Just like Victoria, Rosy is also Laura’s schoolmate. They met while they are joining in the cheer-leading group at high school. Moreover Rosy was introduced to Stacey through Laura. That’s how 3 of them know each other.

What backpack does she want and why? As the sweetest girl in the group, Rosy would like Laura to ask Alan to choose for her the backpack which can express her feminity the most.

 

Alice

Who is she? Alice joined in the group of friend since they took part in Stacey’s party. Alice and Stacey are studying in the same class in high school. They are close friend. Alice is also curious about Laura’s backpack present as she gently asked Laura to get one.

What backpack does she want and why? As Alice is an old-fashioned and lovely girl, she told Laura that she wishes she had a simple with vintage style backpack.

 


Chapter 4. The rival school team and their wishes.

As Laura’s backpack given from Alan Parker story became popular, Taylor – a cheerleader from rival team in another school – met Laura and her friends wearing their fancy backpacks in a cheer-leading competition. Taylor with her team took steps to Laura and made a mess with her as well as her friends. They teased Laura’s team about the uniform, the style to the backpacks on shoulders of Laura’s friends.

” You guys just feel jealous because you don’t know where to buy these cool and unique backpacks like us”, Stacey said. Obviously, they knew they can ask Laura to own ones, but they don’t have any guts to do it. Therefore, Taylor told Laura that her brother cannot satisfy their wishes because he does not have ability to fulfill this challenge.

Victoria said in proud:”Of course Alan can do it, he can find for me a better and more luxury backpack than Laura’s, then yours would be easy, just tell him what you want”. Laura whispered in Taylor’s ears:” Tell Alan, your wish will knock your doors”. In response, Taylor requested that they would like to have the backpacks with the same model but in different colors for 10 girlfriends including her.

Laura came home with anxious face which made Alan be curious about what happened. In confusing state of mind, Laura told Alan about the rival girls she met today and their challenge for her brother. “Take it easy, I will search for them following their desire”, Alan said in calm.

For 2 days, Alan disappeared. He finally found the right one for those girls. The backpack with elegant and adorable look at the same time along with a variety choices of fantastic colors.



Chapter 5. A journey to visit ethnic communities in North Vietnam.

When Alan Parker arrived to the North of Vietnam, he was traveling around every province; from Ha Giang, Cao Bang, Lang Son, Sapa, to Ha Noi, Hai Duong, Quang Ninh. Meeting mountainous people such as H’Mong, Tay, Thai, Dao and more, he was attracted by the diversity of ethnic minorities through their traditional clothes as well as cultural activities. Minority people here live mainly depends on agricultural economy.

Alan was wearing the leather travel backpack for this trip.

.The Tay, Nung, and Khmer peoples had reached high levels of development with the presence of various social strata. The Muong, H’mong, Dao, Thai peoples… gathered under the rule of local tribal heads. Moreover, they had mastered some farming techniques.They grew rice plants in swamped paddy fields and carried out irrigation. Others went hunting, fishing, collecting and lived a semi-nomadic life. Each group has its own culture, diverse and special. Beliefs and religions of the Vietnamese ethnic minority groups were also disparate from each other.

Swamped paddy fields behind the mother and the boy
A Dao woman in her traditional clothes

Inspired by the beauty of ethic communities in North Vietnam, he decided to expand his perspective about another direction for pattern on backpacks. He continuously kept the idea of bringing value of ethnic to everyone and hopefully they will imagine how wonderful it is through his story.

In the end of his journey, he finally found the very first precious ethnic vintage backpack, waiting for somebody who feels the same way as he did to take it.

 Come in plenty of colors, click on the bag to view more!


To be continued …

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Aodai

What is Aodai?

Aodai is a traditional long gown most commonly worn with trousers by Vietnamese women but can also be worn by Vietnamese men. It has become the symbol of the Vietnamese feminine beauty and the pride of Vietnamese people.

When was “aodai” born?

There are no history books or documents in previous time that reveals the specific time “aodai” was born. However, based on the documents of the history cultural researchers, around 3000 years ago, the image of “aodai” with slender, delicate two-long-gown has appeared on the face of “bronze drums” antique named Ngoc Lu, HoaBinh, Hoang Ha.

In contrast, some opinions reckoned “aodai” was born since the reign of the southern lord Nguyen PhucKhoat, called himself Vu Vuong (1739-1765) in XVIII century. Eager to establish a separate identity from his northern rivals, the Trinh lord, who enjoyed the status of regents to the puppet kings of the declining Le dynasty, Lord Nguyen decreed that men and women of his court wore trousers covered by a long gown.

The garment borrowed the style of clothing worn by the Cham, the original inhabitans of the land to the south of the dividing GianhRiver; whose country of Champa (now is Central Vietnam) had been invaded and conquered by the Vietnamese. The “aodai” was Lord Nguyen’s way to show his respect of the culture of the Cham and to win over their support.

How does “aodai” look like?

Despite many Vietnamese identify the “aodai” as a variation of the “aotu than” (four-panel tunic), the two have separate and distinct origins.

The “aotu than” is generally worn by peasant women in the North. It consists of four panels, two in the back and two in front. The back panels are sewn together while the front panels are left open or tied by a belt. Inside the “aotu than”, the woman had to wear a bodice (called “yem”) to cover the chest and a long skirt (called “vay”) to cover the legs. The fabric of the “aotu than” was weaved in small width, necessitating the four-panel structure.

Aotu than

When the Nguyen lord power eventually expanded to include northern regions after the defeat of the Trinh lord, the Cham inspired two-paneled dress came with it. The traditional northern-style four paneled dress transformed into a pairing if the southern Cham style and the original northern gown, becoming a five-panel dress popular throughout the country

The original “aodai” was by no means the symbol of aesthetics. The garment was plain and loosely fitted, unflattering, the first iteration of the two flap Southern dress was a far cry from the chic modern silk dress.

The transformation of “aodai”

The “aodai” is not only carrying the stamp, the power of reigning country man, but also indicate the spirit and culture of Vietnamese people. When Viet Nam broke out of the domination of the North, the country transferred to the control of France, the “aodai” has been converted following the destiny of Viet Nam. It was renovated chasing after Western culture.

When a group of French trained artists combined the design of the five flap dress popular at the time with a French fashion gown, the transformation from traditional gown to everyday fashion came in the 1930s. The artist Cat Tuong (also known as Le Mur, the French translation of a homonym of the artist’s first name), redesigned the “aodai” to fit more closely to the body, along with larger collars, puffy shoulder and wavy sleeves in a fusion with western dress of the time. Vibrant colors schemes were also introduced along with original dark-coulored “aodai”

The Le Mur “aodai” fashion lasted for four years until the painter Le Pho attempted to remove all western influence from the Le Mur “aodai” in 1934 and used the four-paneled dresses to conform with current standards. His design was popular for nearly the period of 30-year

Le Mur “aodai”

The “aodai” stepped onto the political stage when Tran Le Xuan, wife of Ngo DinhNhu, Chief Political Adviser of Ngo Dinh Diem, President of South Vietnam’s First Republic, donned its firstDécolleté version to promote her New Woman Movement.

Tran Le Xuan

Today, the “aodai” has become the Vietnamese woman’s choice of fashion for special occasions.  Fashion designers such as Thiet Lap of the 60s and Sy Hoang of today have continued to conceive new designs.  The introduction of the raglan sleeve (sleeve that continues to the neck), the raising of the opening of the panels to a higher level exposing the skin on both sides of the waist, and other features borrowed from Western fashion add sexiness and sensuality to the “aodai”.  Yet the garment moves delicately with the body giving the wearer an appearance of modesty combined with self-confidence.

Aodai today

The “aodai” for men, on the other hand, did not undergo much change.  It is now worn only during traditional ceremonies and mostly by men of older generations.  The masculinity and practicality of Western men’s clothing has been eagerly embraced by Vietnamese men, and the return to the traditional “aodai” is simply impractical, if not unthinkable.  The “aodai” for men has become an item of purely nostalgic value for today’s and future generations.

Aodai for men

When Vietnamese people wear the “aodai”?

The “aodai” is mostly worn during funeral and occasion like marriages.  Traditionally, it has become the dress for formal occasions such as in Tet’s holiday. Also it is the attire for girls in high school and place ladies working in offices or hotels do wear the “aodai”

Marriages, Tet’s holiday, High school

Reference:

http://www.doynews.com/article/ao-dai-what-you-need-know-about-vietnamese-traditional-dress

http://www.buffalotours.com/blog/ao-dai-story-vietnams-traditional-dress/

https://www.pinterest.com/honeyotar/fashion-1960s/( aotu than )

http://congly.vn/giai-tri/thoi-trang/ve-dep-cua-ao-dai-viet-qua-cac-thoi-ky-140110.html (Le Mur aodai and Tran Le Xuan)

http://www.anhynghia.com/2013/09/ao-dai-truyen-thong-vn-hot-girl-ngan-giang.html (aodai today)

https://www.theweddingscoop.com/features/chris-and-jenna-s-traditional-vietnamese-wedding-ceremony (VN wedding)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/musvn/14496169498 (High school)

http://www.doynews.com/article/ao-dai-what-you-need-know-about-vietnamese-traditional-dress (aodai for men )