Updated at 2023-05-31
In many places in Vietnam, women wearing áo dài can be seen sitting in front of embroidery frames, embroidering lifelike portraits, landscapes, and scenery one stitch at a time. The subject of the decoration in the image is the apricot blossom, which is commonly seen in Vietnam. Vietnam’s embroidery style differs from that of China, and was deeply influenced by the French colonial era. In particular, the color changes are exquisite. From afar, the embroidery resembles an oil painting, and only a close-up look reveals that it was made with needle and thread. The range of Vietnam’s hand-embroidered products is very extensive, and common products include coasters, handkerchiefs, purses, clothes, and embroidered decorations. They are an important export commodity and popular tourist souvenir.
Flag: the name of Vietnam’s flag is “cờ đỏ sao vàng” (“red flag with a golden star”). It was adopted on Nov. 30, 1955. The flag has an aspect ratio of 2:3. In the center is a yellow star (gold star) that symbolizes the leading position of the Communist Party of Vietnam. The red background symbolizes revolution and victory. The five points of the star represent workers, peasants, soldiers, intellectuals, and youths.
National day: Sept. 2
Language: Vietnamese, with little understanding of English, Mandarin, Russian, and French. Cantonese is used amongst ethnic Chinese people in the south.
Area: 331,410 square kilometers (nine times bigger than Taiwan)
Population: 97.58 million people (as of January 2021 according to the General Statistics Office of Vietnam)
Government: Socialist communist state