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Does anyone know where to get a good ao dai made?
I went to some shops on Kim Ma last night with vietnamese collegue and they were in the 1 - 2 million range. Or a plainer one for about 700-800k. There were many Vietnamese in these shops, but this price still seems so expensive to me!
There are many kinds of ao dai. I think VND 700,000 is average price for a plain one. If you want yours have more detail, flowers... it can be more than 2 mil. It also depends on clothing metarials made your ao dai: silk or others.
I know a good tailor shop named Hương Trầm at 213 Ton Duc Thang st - Dong Da dist. Their ao dai and suits are excellent!
This is probably too old, but I tend to think that's a bit expensive. I've had several ao dai's made for myself and family, including intricate wedding ao dai's, in both Hanoi and HCMC, and have never paid that much. However, I have generally bought the material myself and they just paid to get it made. Usually the cost for having the ao dai made is about 200,000 and the cost of the material varies...can be as little as 100,000 or as high as 500,000 (but the 500,000 price would be for the most detailed and absolute best quality material that most people would not even wear).
Good ao dais are not cheap. I spend about 1.3 million dong on mine, a place my Vietnamese friend took me to where she has been going her whole life. If you want good silk you can't expect to pay 500,000 dong. Also, there's a lot of work involved and you want it to fit perfectly! spend the extra money and get something wonderful made that you will have your whole life - you don't want an ill-fitting ao dai made of cheap material.
My Vinh, 59 Cau Go, Hoan Kiem
My Hao, 82 Cau Go, Hoan Kiem
Both of places are highly recommended by Vietnamese ladies :)
I had ao dai made in My Hao a few days ago. The material is mine so the cost to make it is 350.000 dong. It fits me so well so I am quite satisfied with it.
Or if you don't have the material, then it depends on each material you choose there, the price (for material and labor) is between 700,000 - 1,200,000 dong.
I am so excited about wearing my aodai.
I ended up going to My Hao at 82 Cau Go, Hoan Kiem. I can only say that when I went back to pick up by ao dai, and it wasn't done the way I asked for it to be done, she got very rude. Not sure if she was having a bad day, but she finally agreed to adjust the sleeves and the collar as I had asked. I had a Vietnamese friend with me who kept apologizing for her rude behaviour. I would not recommend that shop, being rude to your customers is just not the way to do business.