The title “Ao Ba Ba” makes many individuals misunderstand that it comes from a girl named Ba, or the third within the household.
The Southwest area shouldn’t be solely well-known for its rivers carrying heavy alluvium, candy fruit orchards, but additionally makes vacationers nostalgic with the silhouette of a country however charming and beautiful Ba Ba shirt. But few folks know, the title of this conventional costume shouldn’t be impressed by any Ba or Ba.
Ba Ba shirt was initially a collarless shirt. The again of the shirt is product of a chunk of uncooked material, the entrance physique consists of two items, within the center there are two buttons operating from the highest down. The shirt is tight on the waist, with average splits on each side. The shirt has a size that covers the buttocks and the higher physique is sewn to suit, serving to to focus on the wearer’s physique contours.
People within the west of the river usually name one another by “somewhat anonymous” names like Mr. Hai, Ms. Ba, Uncle Nam… so as to add closeness. This tradition makes many individuals assume that the standard Ba Ba shirt of the area can be named after some mysterious girl, however that isn’t the case.
According to author Son Nam (creator of Southern forest land), “Ba Ba is a Chinese-Malay. The Ba Ba shirt that Southerners like, with a short unbuttoned flap is the style of Ba Ba people. But in fact, this Ba Ba ethnic group does not exist (or may not yet be discovered).
Another theory is that: “Ao Ba Ba appeared in the first half of the 19th century, renovated by Truong Vinh Ky from the clothes of the people of Penang Island, Malaysia (Malaysian of Chinese descent) to suit the Vietnamese people”. However, this “reformed Truong Vinh Ky” detail can be wrong, because in this scholar’s French-Vietnamese dictionary, the name of Ba ba shirt does not appear.
It is more likely that the “Chinese Malays” or “Chinese Malaysians” talked about above are the Peranakans – ethnic Chinese individuals who settled in Southeast Asia, primarily dwelling in Malaysia and Indonesia. According to many paperwork, within the early nineteenth century, the Peranakan folks usually traded with the Vietnamese.
They even have a sort of blouse that’s fairly just like Ba Ba shirt, in Malaysia it’s referred to as “kebaya” and in Indonesia it’s “kebaya encim”. Combining the supplies, we will ensure that the ba ba shirt comes from this ethnic group.
The Peranakans are also referred to as “Baba-Nyonya” the place “Baba” means man and “Nyonya” means girl. There is a idea that the Southerners shortened and transliterated this title to “ba ba” and gave it to their conventional shirt with out unintentionally ignoring the element that “Baba” refers to males.
Accompanying the ba ba shirt, it’s unimaginable to not point out the bandana of Khmer origin. The phrase “brass” here’s a transliteration of the Khmer phrase Krama (ក្រមា), which implies “shawl”.