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This shirt (Chan Lui) comes from the region of Lao Chai in the north of Vietnam and belongs to the national costume of the Dzao. The Dzao are indigenous people who live in the north of Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand as well as in the south of China. This is where they originally come from areas such as Guanxi, Hunan and Guangdong.
The shirt was originally cut for the male body but it seems that the female European body is better fit for it. The shirt is an hybrid of western clothing and local ethnic clothing.
The Yao have perfected the art of stiching. In this case you will find further stiching on the indigoblue coloured, handwoven linen garnished on the sleeves as well as a square on the back between the shoulders. The stichings are motives of plants, trees and children. The red ribbon applications symbolize a red river.
The stiched square is a symbol of the „soul of pan hung“, the ruler of the old kingdom who build the kingdom with the bravity of a superdragon.
IV quarter 20 century
100% Cotton, handstiched with cotton thread
Size S/M, Lenght 70 cm, width breast 106 cm, width lower hem 96 cm, arms 55 cm