Laos Defines National Dress

Laos National Dress
The Lao government is defining its national dress (formal wear) for use instead of normal suits on important domestic and international occasions in order to promote Lao traditions and culture and showcase the characteristics of the nation.

A seminar to define the national formal dress for men and women took place on Tuesday in Vientiane and was presided over by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr Sounthone Xayachack.

High-ranking leaders’ wives, senior diplomats, former ambassadors, senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Institute of Foreign Affairs and concerned ministries and organisations also attended the event.

Speaking at the seminar, Dr Sounthone said this discussion was first had in August last year, so it was time to decide together on national costumes to wear to important events both at home and abroad, to ensure unity and then submit them to the government for approval.

“Laos has its own distinct culture, especially in the tra ditional dress of Lao people which looks outstanding at international events. When we wear our national dress, wherever we go people will know that we come from Laos,” she said.

Dr Sounthone said social economics have developed more and more, and it can be observed that the dress style of young men and women is changing from the past so we need to have limitations and restrictions.

Nevertheless, the traditional dress of Lao people is outstanding and has impressed others when they have seen it at previous important events.

“Laos is integrating with the international community, especially in the next two years when we will become a part of the Asean Economic Community, so leaders and dignitaries will often have to go abroad and we want them to be identifiable among those from other nations,” she said.

The meeting initially approved a national formal suit for men and women to use instead of the international suit. For men the suit will be made from Lao silk fabric and cut in a Lao style which must be worn with long trousers.

The women’s suit is also from Lao silk fabric cut as a traditional Lao shirt and worn together with a silk skirt decorated with jewellery.

On this occasion, participants discussed and shared their views on the national formal suit by relying on custom, culture, and history.

They defined appropriate dress as being required when attending each occasion.

 Laos' Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong (L) shakes hands with Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah during a photo call before their working dinner during the ASEAN Summit at the Prime Minister's Office in Bandar Seri Begawan April 24, 2013. Leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gathered in the Brunei's capital for two days beginning Wednesday for their 22nd summit. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (BRUNEI - Tags: POLITICS)Laos National Dress

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VTE Today, Vientiane Times
01 May, 2013