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Traditional cultural expressions of the world: Vietnam #onevoiceforcraft

Updated: May 6, 2020

What are the laws for cultural fashion?

The aim of this new blog posts series run by the Cultural Intellectual Property Rights Initiative is to introduce our public to some of the wonderful and precious handmade crafts produced all over the World, which are the expression of ancient traditions and traditional knowledge. In addition to that, we will complement your reading with information on the legal protection provided by the Country of origin to its traditional cultural expressions and cultural heritage.

We start with Vietnam.

More than 50 ethnic groups compose Vietnam today (54 officially recognized by the Vietnamese government), each of them with their own cultural identity (language, lifestyle, cultural heritage). Given the rich Vietnamese traditional craft heritage, we can only present two of the most popular and recognizable cultural products, leaving the rest for you to personally research.

Source: By / Korean Culture and Information Service, CC BY-SA 2.0


In the 18th century, during the civil war, the South of Vietnam was governed by the Lord Nguyen Phuc Khoat who amended a Decree whose purpose was to change the way in which his people dressed. Before that moment Vietnamese clothes were very similar to the Chinese ones and the Lord wanted to give the image of an independent land.

Thanks to that Decree,