The Ao Dais
The Ao Dais is perhaps the finest garment created by mankind since the advent of the coconut bikini.
I love Chinese cheongsams, Indian sari, and Japanese kimono.
But I hold a special place for the Vietnamese Ao Dais (which translates to
The Ao Dais clings.
The Ao Dais is made of silk, and said to be very comfortable. It looks good on almost anyone; young or old, big or small (don't get any ideas, guys, it's just for women). It comes in a multitude of patterns and colors. And it's not terribly expensive.
If you love the Ao Dais like I do, you'll want to learn how to pronounce
In Vietnam, you see, language is a roller coaster, and words are the
tracks. Mouths, tongues, and nasal passages are taken for a ride with every phrase or
'Dais', contrary to appearances, has no 'd'
sound, and no 's' sound.
Of course, depending on where you are in Vietnam, my directions could be totally wrong. I accept no responsibility or liability.
The good news is that the Vietnamese love to hear you attempt to pronounce the word.
Anytime I couldn't think of anything else to say, I would point at a girl in an long
dress, and say, "The Ao Dais is a beautiful dress".
|So, unlike most clothing, which comes between people, the Ao Dais has a
tendency to bring people together.
What could be better than that?