General description: The doll is dressed in traditional Vietnamese costume of the majority Kinh (Viet) ethnicity with a typical nón lá conical hat.
Dimensions 17.5 x 10 x 5 cm
Date when acquired 2000s
Original Date 2000s
Source Bought in Vietnam, present from Barbara v. K.
Handmade cloth doll with painted features. Long hair made of woollen threads tied in two side plaits with orange wool, with a long fringe.
The doll is wearing a long-sleeved, high-collared blue silk tunic called an áo dài, which is the national costume of Vietnam. It is typical of the Kinh (Viet) ethnic group predominant in the country. The silk has a pattern of bamboo and letters woven into it in a paler blue. Originally, Viet women wore sarong type skirts but in the 18th century these were replaced by Chinese-style loose trousers like the white ones worn by this lady. The dark blue of the áo dài indicates that she is married; it has gone pale in the sunlight.
She has a typical plain conical palm hat (nón lá) on her head, held in place by a red ribbon. On her feet are sandals with a black base and a red tie over the instep, the traditional guoc.
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