DIY :: Phuam Hmoob Lauj & Sequins

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Happy Thursday, everyone! It’s getting closer and closer to Hmong New Year and I still have countless endless projects to finish. I’m drowning in fabric and need to finalize which outfits I actually plan on wearing. Some outfits are for my Hmong Outfit Series and others I’ll save for another year. Today I’m sharing a couple of pictures of a Hmong hat that I made. It’s a modernized version of the phuam hmoob lauj. I plan on making a slightly more traditional version later and will make a little tutorial for that version.

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This Hmong hat was pretty simple to make. I opted to take the top flap out because I wanted the top of the hat to be open for my hair. While making the hat I was debating on using bright colored yarn or pastel yarn to match my sequins. After going back and forth, I decided on more vibrant colors to look a little more mature but a little part of me still wants to make a pastel one.

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The pom poms that I used are a little different than the round ones. I just wanted some variation and for my second hat I’ll make some smaller round pom poms. Currently, I’m cross stitching an outfit and if I like it enough the hat for my tutorial will match. Unless, I have a change of heart and want to make an even more traditional version.

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Phuam Hmoob Lauj are usually worn with a sev plooj outfit which I have plenty of.  For my first attempt I used foam that was too thick so I switched it out for a thinner foam. It looks really pretty without foam as well.

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Thank you for reading! I wanted to update my blog before my trip. Make sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Once I hit 300 likes on Facebook I’ll be hosting a little xauv giveaway.

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Hmong Outfit Series :: Hmong Leng Lai Chau/Dien Bien

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Happy Friday, everyone! I can’t believe it’s been a month since I came back from South Korea. I’m hoping that the next time I go to Asia, I don’t go in the summer. I can’t handle the humidity. Before going to South Korea, I featured a Stripe Hmong Outfit that I made. Today, I’m showcasing a Hmong Leng outfit from Vietnam. In the past Hmong Outfit posts, I shared White Hmong outfits and this is a first Hmong Leng outfit featured. Hmong Leng tend to have more intricately decorated skirts with batik and appliqué.

:: Hmong Leng Lai Chau / Dien Bien ::

In Vietnam, there are multiple groups of Hmong Leng and in Lai Chau there are two different Hmong Leng groups.This group is distinguished by the large orange and pink embroidery on bottom half of their skirts and huge hair buns. They are also found in the province Dien Bien.

For the past year or so I noticed that this skirt was getting more popular. A lot of these skirts are sold secondhand. There are some that are brand new but they are more expensive and I found that shipping from Vietnam is costly. IMG_3107-1024x858 Hmong Outfit Series :: Hmong Leng Lai Chau/Dien Bien Hmong Outfit Series

Usually the shirt that is paired with the outfit has bands of blue fabric on the sleeves and the apron is solid black.The front of the shirt usually has appliqué. Unlike the previous outfits I showed they wear a single sash on the waist and lack hlab nxtoo and tw siv.  I attempted to make this apron for the first time. I am more familiar with making sev plooj. This sev is different as it has two seams in the middle and is one single piece of fabric. Hopefully, I made it correctly since I just based it off of pictures.

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I also noticed that the dab tsho is larger than what I’m used to. If I have time I might recreate one that is smaller and switch it out.

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:: Outfit Details ::

Hmong Leng Outfit

Hlab

Pleated Skirt

Xauv

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:: Photography ::

Uncle Sai Photography 

Thank you for reading! Make sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Once I hit 300 likes on Facebook I’ll be hosting a little xauv giveaway. Next update will most likely be a tutorial or beauty update. I’m also thinking about going live on Facebook once a week for mini tutorials and to answer questions as I sew. Let me know in the comments if that is something that you would be interested in.

Phuam Paj Ntaub Cog Ci :: Sparkly Sequins & Shiny Blue

Phuam Paj Ntaub Cog Ci

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Happy Thursday, everyone! Last summer I made a traditional hat or phuam paj shown in this post, and I decided to make another more glam version incorporating my favorite color blue. Adds a little bit of variation to my collection. DSC_0412final-1024x731 Phuam Paj Ntaub Cog Ci :: Sparkly Sequins & Shiny Blue DIY HMONG

:: Phuam Paj ::

This hat is based on phuam paj a type of head wrap worn by white Hmong that lives in the region known as Tsua Noog Roov towards the Khammoune region of Laos. My favorite thing to make besides making aprons specifically sev plooj are hats. They take a little bit more time but I enjoy the freedom to customize. It’s a liberating creative outlet. I can add little details and ensure quality.

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:: Floating Sequins ::

I love the vibrant colors that are showcased in traditional head wraps and now that paj ntaub cog ci is trending again I wanted to combine the two. My trick to making sequins pop and catch more light is to attach the sequins to the aida cloth with fishing line instead of thread.  I always found colored thread distracting, but most people don’t mind.

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Usually the siv ceeb on the phuam paj is the regular black and white or sparkly black and white. I decided to add one with some blue to bring out the blue fringe of the hat. Additionally, I layered a sequin trim on top to add a little more shine to the hat. Now that I completed this hat, I need to work on finishing my other sequin outfits if I want to wear them this year for Hmong New Year. I have 2 left to make, but most likely I’ll finish one and save the other one for next year.

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Ka Vang

Thank you for reading! Make sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Once I hit 300 likes on Facebook I’ll be hosting a little xauv giveaway. Next update will most likely be another Hmong Outfit Series Post.

Hmong Outfit Series :: Sequin & Stripes

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Hi, Everyone! It’s been a while since my last post on the blog and my last update of my Hmong Outfit Series. I was busy traveling and working on this piece. This is my first time making a Stripe Hmong outfit and sequin outfit. I love how paj ntaub cog ci is coming back and trending and I wanted to do a couple of takes on it. Add a little twist while challenging myself.

During the process, I questioned my own thought process and weighed the pros and cons of making my own outfit. All in all the biggest thing that I get out of making my own outfit is the little pat on the back that I give myself and sense of accomplishment. I actually committed to my idea and followed through. Additionally, it’s like a fun puzzle for me and I’m rewarded with a semi decent outfit.

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:: Stripe Hmong ::

This outfit is based off Hmoob Txaij or Stripe Hmong from Sam Neua/Phongsali province in Laos. Their outfit is distinguished by the bands on their sleeves and they usually wear a heavier xauv than the Hmong in Sayaboury and Luang Prabang.This is one of my favorite xauv because of the tiers and slight tapering. It’s a more feminine take as the traditional xauv are heavier and can be a little bulky. I’ll show a traditional real silver one in a future post.

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I opted to make my outfit paired with a skirt for mostly aesthetic reasons and sheer laziness. Typically the outfit is worn with pants and the skirt is for special occasions or during burial rites. When paired with pants, there are two aprons with one in the back and one in the front. There are two sashes – usually pink and green and both are tied in the back. My sashes are a little long for my liking, I dressed myself for the photos and couldn’t adjust my sashes to my satisfaction. It always looks better when my mom helps me.

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This hat was a fun addition. Originally I was planning on buying one but I decided that it would only be fitting if I made one and added sequins! Honestly, I don’t even know if I made the hat correctly. I would probably make it better if I knew how it was traditionally wrapped.

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:: Outfit Details ::

Miao Silver Hair Accessories

Stripe Hmong Outfit

Sequin Sashes

Xauv

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt (37 X17.5)

Thank you for reading! I wanted to update my blog before my trip. Make sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Once I hit 300 likes on Facebook I’ll be hosting a little xauv giveaway.

:: Photography ::

Star Pictures Studio

Sneak Peek :: Hmong Outfit & Sequins

Hi, everyone! Today I’m sharing pieces of the many projects that I’m currently working on and will eventually add to my Hmong Outfit Series on my blog. I love how vintage styles are coming back and I can’t wait to have some modernized paj ntaub cog ci outfits.

:: Sequins, Beads, & Fishing Wire ::

I’m almost done with the embroidery of the various sequin outfits that I have planned out this year. Adding the sequins is taking me longer than I expected but I tend to make my life a little more difficult by choice. I decided that it would be a bright idea to use fishing wire instead of a thread so that I wouldn’t have to see threads. Fishing wire is harder to work with but so far I like the result. For this outfit, I love how the sequins and beads catch the light.

:: Hmong Outfit ::

Here are a couple of pieces Hmong outfits that I ‘m working on.

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I have 3 different sequin outfits in mind. Only planning on finishing 2 in time for Hmong New Year.

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My pile of trims for various shirts as well.

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I still have a tutorial that I have to finish filming and need to work on recording a voiceover.

:: Hmong Hats ::

With a plethora of outfits, I matching hats on my list of to do as well. I don’t own a phuam hmoob txaij but I’m basing mine on pictures. Honestly, I would save myself a lot of time if I just bought myself one but I tend to not be 100% satisfied with hats that I see a lot of vendors sell. I guess most of them don’t match the vision I have.  I’m waiting for my silver to arrive to add to my hat. Also, I’m still debating if I want to add a couple of pink pom poms to my hat or not. Let me know in the comments if you would be interested in a tutorial.

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Thank you for reading! I’m trying my best to stay on top of my projects and updating my blog more regularly. I have a couple of trips planned so I just need to budget my time more effectively.

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Hmong Outfit Series :: White Hmong Ha Giang

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Hi, everyone! Today I’m showcasing an outfit that I made last year to wear during Hmong New Year. I was inspired by the White Hmong from the Ha Giang Province in Vietnam that I saw in this video. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish the headdress in time for Hmong New Year. I’ll probably finish it after my endless projects sometime this year.

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:: White Hmong Ha Giang ::

They usually fold over the collar/lapels of the shirt, but their lapels were quite wide. So I opted to sew them down instead so that they would lay flat and flush against the shirt. I did alter the outfit so that it would be more flattering for my body so my outfit is based on theirs mixing traditional and modern aspects of their outfit together. On their arms, they have one wide stripe and a very thin cuff.

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They used to wear one short wide apron about the length of their skirt. Present day they changed and wear two wide aprons. Traditionally, the outfit would consist of the shirt, white skirt, apron, tw siv, red/pink and green sashes, and leg wrappings. However, with the addition of the second apron, they only wear one sash and no longer wear leg wrappings.

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The traditional head wrap or phuam siv ceeb would be easy to make since it is just black fabric with siv ceeb wrapped on top.

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One thing that stood out to me when I saw the outfit on the video was how the made the dab tsho. It’s wide and short like Hmong Leng dab tsho and different from White Hmong which is usually longer.

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:Outfit Details:

Miao Silver Hair Accessories

Xauv

Hmong Vietnamese Ha Giang Outfit

Pink and Green Sashes ( Old I haven’t seen this fabric sold in years)

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt ( 37 X17.5)

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:: Photography ::

Houa Vang Photography

Thank you for reading! Next time I’ll try to post a tutorial or an update on some of my projects. I also ordered some Hmong clothes overseas so stay tuned for a little haul as well. I can’t wait to showcase more Hmong clothes and to finish all the outfits I have planned.

Hmong Outfit Series :: White Hmong Sayaboury

Hmong Clothes Sayaboury Carolyn Chang

Hi, everyone! It’s been a while since my last post.  This outfit always brings back fond memories especially the phuam. Hmong Sayaboury wear this distinctive headwrap. Below is an old photo of my cousins and I wearing the traditional head wrap.  The process frustrated my mom and aunts. We were young and they wanted a nice picture but I think they quickly realized that it was going to be more difficult than they thought. By the time they fixed it on one of us, another one would already unravel.

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:: White Hmong Sayaboury ::

This post highlights the outfit that some White Hmong wear in  Sayaboury province in Laos.  The outfit is similar to the outfit that some White Hmong in Luang Prabang wear however the sleeves are longer and slimmer and they wear a different headwrap.

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Despite the difficulty in arranging it, I love the headwrap. Nowadays, the headwrap is made into a hat and not an actual wrap. I might post a video of how to wear it traditionally. The base of the hat is either purple or black fabric with colorful large yarn.   Wrap siv ceeb on top to hold everything together. For decoration, place a little coin belt on top. Hmong Leng from this region also wear a similar headwrap paired with a different outfit.
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Above is a picture of the traditional head wrap. My maternal grandmother made this piece. I was told that when you are married you either wear one siv ceeb or none at all.

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I love the reverse applique and I rarely find paj ntaub mos like this anymore. Now it’s cut a lot larger and in my opinion not as pretty but to each their own. I never advanced to reverse applique so I can’t really complain.

When wearing pants, two aprons are worn with a shorter one in the back. Siv paj co, hlab nxtoo, and lastly tw siv with paj ntaub goes on top. I was always taught to wrap it so the paj ntaub peeks through.

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When the outfit is worn with a skirt only one apron is worn, the one in the back is omitted. In Laos, skirts were usually reserved for special occasions and for burial. Pants allowed the women to work in the fields and they didn’t have to worry about their skirts getting dirty.

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: Outfit Details :

Phuam

Xauv

Hmong Sev Plooj Outfit with Pants

Siv paj co

Hlab nxtoo

Tw siv

Hlab nyiaj

Hnab paj ntaub

 

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:: Photography ::

Victoria Chang Photography

Thank you for reading! I need to be more consistent with updating. I have a couple of more outfits to showcase. Let me know in the comments if you want to see a Hmong Vietnamese outfit or a Miao outfit next.

 

Hmong Outfit Series :: Luang Prabang

Hmong Outfit Luang Prabang Carolyn Chang

Hi Everyone! This is the first post in my Hmong Outfit Series. I thought about releasing a Hmong Outfit Series a while back and it became more important to me after my grandpa passed away. Luang Prabang is the province of Laos where he grew up and in his eyes his homeland. I remember how proud he looked every year when he saw me dressed up for Hmong New Year and how he would make fun of me when I would wear clothes from a different region. He would tell me that if I wore different clothes, I would confuse people and they would assume that I was from their region.

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There would be times when I asked a fellow Hmong peer what kind of Hmong clothes was specific to their family. When they didn’t know or didn’t know how to put all the pieces together, I felt sad and it made me want to start this project.

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: White Hmong of Luang Prabang :

This post showcases the outfit that some White Hmong wear in Luang Prabang. My grandma always told me we were Hmong that wear sev plooj. Sev plooj is a type of apron. Characteristically, women usually wear the black and blue shirt and apron with pants in Laos and white skirts were reserved for special occasions or for burial.  Nowadays I see it worn with pants or skirts. The headdress is decorated with colorful pom poms and a siv ceeb is wrapped around the base.

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This traditional xauv consists of two separate rings and ties everything together.

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When I was younger, I used to complain about all the layers around the waist but now I appreciate the time and effort into making every piece. When wearing pants two aprons are worn with a shorter one in the back. Siv paj co, hlab nxtoo, and lastly tw siv with paj ntaub goes on top. I was always taught to wrap it so the paj ntaub peeks through.

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:Outfit Details:

Phuam Paj/ Phuam Daim Hlaws

Xauv

Hmong Sev Plooj Outfit with Pants

Siv paj co

Hlab nxtoo

Tw siv

Hlab nyiaj

: Brocade & Pleats :

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Even though the shirt and apron are made traditionally of black and blue fabric, with easier access to fabric there was a shift to using other colors and types of fabric.
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:Outfit Details:

Phuam Paj/ Phuam Daim Hlaws

Xauv

Hmong Sev Plooj Outfit

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt

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:: Photography ::

Rosely Vue Photography

I collaborated with one of my favorite photographers  Rosely Vue for this blog post. She’s based in the Fresno/Clovis area and is willing to travel.

Thank you for reading! I plan on releasing a post for my Hmong outfit series once a month. Let me know in the comments if you would like videos on how to wear the outfits.

 

 

Teeth Whitening Review

Disclosure: I received this teeth whitening product complimentary from Smile Brilliant. All opinions are my own.

Hi Everyone! I mentioned in my November Favorites that I loved Smile Brilliant’s teeth whitening system. Let me give a little background, I used to use Crest white strips but stopped because it made my teeth more sensitive. I had one tooth in particular that bothered me. Additionally, I would have chemical burns on my gums after using the white stripes.  For the past year or so, I used other teeth whitening products such as whitening toothpaste and mouthwash. However, I can’t seem to give up wine and tea so I was willing to try an alternative teeth whitening system when I was offered the chance by Smile Brilliant. Without regular whitening, my teeth were stained.  I wanted to see if this product would help but not make my sensitivity worse.

: Smile Brilliant :

First, you have to create a mold of your top and bottom teeth. One of the things that I liked the most was the personalized trays. The tray also covered teeth usually not covered by whitening strips. Sometimes I would whiten while I do my makeup but I found that it fit into my routine better when I was using them while I was getting ready for bed.

Each syringe could be used 3-4 times. The after gel helped with sensitivity, however, I didn’t really experience sensitivity without it. I would totally repurchase this product as it was easy to use and didn’t make my teeth more sensitive.

: Before and After :

Here are my before and after photos. The bathroom lighting didn’t really do the pictures justice.

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When I first started out using them I only noticed a slight difference but after 14 treatments friends and family were starting to notice and compliment me. Honestly, the yellow lighting of the bathroom made me think nothing was happening but if other people were starting to notice something must be changing.

Here is a photo in natural light a couple of days after I finished using the treatment. Before I was a little skeptical but after seeing the results myself and after the countless compliments, I knew that this product worked especially after seeing the pictures from this shoot.

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Overall, this is one of my favorite teeth whitening treatments that I’ve used. After finishing 14 treatments, I was pleased with the results. I would highly recommend this product and personally, I would use it again to maintain the level of whiteness.

: Smile Brilliant Giveaway :

Here is your chance to try Smile Brilliant! One lucky ready will win $149 store credit for their very own teeth whitening kit. You can enter HERE!

My promo code is petiterosesandwine15 for 15% off.

Thank you for reading!

 


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Fresno Hmong New Year 2017-2018

Hmong Clothes Carolyn Chang

Happy New Year everyone!

As I’m writing this, my feet are recovering and I’m contemplating how long it will take me to restitch my Hmong skirts. This past week I  spent time catching up with friends and family and I challenged myself to go to Hmong New Year every day. Also depending on travel plans, I might not be able to go to Fresno Hmong New Year 2018-2019.  Additionally, most of the outfits that I wore were made by mom or by me. There is one outfit that I bought and I saved it for the last day.

: Day 1 :

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My cousins on my dad side wore matching outfits the first two days of Hmong New Year. The first day we wore outfits made by our respective mothers and paired them with white pleated skirts and phuam paj. I love the simplicity and the vibrant colors of the outfit.

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My sister and I actually made our own phuam paj because my sister has a large head and can never find hats that fit. In a previous post about it, I showed a couple of pictures of the process. I might make a video tutorial later this year because I want to make a blue one as well. I’ve seen them sell for as low as $10 however, I’d rather make my own because I think the quality of the materials is better and I get to customize it to my head and to my preferences.

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:: Outfit Details::

Phuam Paj

Magenta Sev Plooj Outfit

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt 37×17.5

Steve Madden IRENEE Sandals 5

 

: Day 2 :

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The second day we wore outfits we made ourselves. For most of us, this was our first time making our own Hmong outfit independently.

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:: Outfit Details::

Hmong Inspired Batik Outfit

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt 37×17.5

Steve Madden IRENEE Sandals 5

 

: Day 3 :

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This day was a bit of a mess because I was rear-ended on my way to Hmong New Year. One of my best friends stopped by to visit and this was her first time going to Hmong New Year. I wore one of my older skirts and it’s much longer than what I’m used to. I love the print on it though. My mom made this outfit and countless others for me. I love the cross stitch embroidery. Nowadays most of the paj ntaub are done by machine and it makes me a little sad that it might become a lost art.

:: Outfit Details::

Phuam Hmoob Luang Namtha

Cross-Stitch Outfit

: Day 4 :

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Even though I never really matched this hat, I wanted to make sure that I wear it to Hmong New Year at least one day. This outfit is what my clan wears and from the Luang Prabang region. One of my goals this year is to write a Hmong Clothes Series and show outfits of different regions.

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Photo Credit: Tshais-2014

:: Outfit Details::

Phuam Dai Hlaws

Luang Prabang Sev Plooj Outfit

: Day 5 :

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This was one of my last minute projects for a shoot and for Hmong New Year. I actually didn’t finish the hat to mimic the head wrap on time so I opted to just accessorize my bun. My outfit is inspired by Hmong Vietnamese in Ha Giang province.

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:: Outfit Details::

Hmong Vietnamese in Ha Giang Inspired Outfit

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt 37×17.5

Steve Madden Blast Twist Sandals 5

: Day 6:

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This outfit was a modern Hmong Outfit that I made fitted and I paired it with a black skirt to keep it simple. The textures were a little too similar though.

So I have a bittersweet relationship with this hat. I bought it at Hmong New Year and loved the general idea of it. However, I  wasn’t satisfied with the front of the hat. Despite paying $50 for it, I  took it apart and put it back after adding a piece to match my outfit and fixing the front of it. At least I know how to make it now.

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:: Outfit Details::

Modern Hmong Outfit

Crossroads by Nancy Black Pleated Skirt 37×17.5

: Day 7 :

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The last day I wore my Hmong Thai outfit I ordered overseas. This skirt is the skirt that I’m not looking forward to repleat. Let me know in the comments which outfit is your favorite!

DSC_0513moodyeditblog-683x1024 Fresno Hmong New Year 2017-2018 DIY OUTFITS

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Hmong Thai Outfit

Overall, 2017 was coupled with loss and even more growth. As we begin the new year, I hope that my family can continue to heal and become more at peace. Additionally, part of my New Years Resolutions is to update my blog more frequently so fill free to hold me accountable! I can’t wait to share more of my projects with you all. Thank you for reading!