Viet Voice

A Quick Stop in the Taipei Airport

by Kimberly Pham | April 30, 2012 | Bookmark +

The Taipei airport is one of my favorites, filled with shops and cultural exhibits that paint a beautiful image of Taiwan. From calligraphy to paper doll crafts, tribal artifacts to an orchid garden, there is a little bit of everything for every curious traveler.

They even had nail art on display! The nail art in the photos above and below were inspired by apparel worn by Taiwan's indigenous women. Based on the exhibit's description, the designs are based off of the Amis indigenous tribal group and were created by craftsman Pudal ada at the Lisin Giyaw Workshop. "The artist attempts to transform variant apparel characteristics of Indigenous Peoples into exquisite graphics on nails," the description reads.

I love this idea. The patterns are so vibrant and bold, making them perfect designs for nail art.

This just goes to show that you can find inspiration anywhere in the world for exquisite nail art design. Now looking at our own Vietnamese culture and apparel, have you ever been inspired by Vietnamese traditional aó dài to create nail art? I'd love to see photos of your aó dài patterns and aó dài-inspired nail art. Please e-mail your aó dài and matching nail art photos to me at I will post photos and nail art once I receive a good amount.

— Kim
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