Hmong Outfit Series :: Hmoob Moos Pheeb

Moos Pheeb Hmong Outfit

 Hi, Everyone! Are you excited for Hmong New Year??? As I finish more and more projects, I’m getting restless. I have so many outfits and not enough days to wear them! I try to placate myself with telling myself that there is always next year. Today, I am featuring a type of Hmong Leng outfit specifically Hmoob Moos Pheeb as part of my Hmong Outfit Series. I made the shirt, apron, and hat for this outfit, the rest of the pieces I bought.
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:: Hmoob Moos Pheeb ::

Hmoob Moos Pheeb live in Central Laos. Moos Pheeb or Muang Pheng is a city that is located in modern day Xaisomboun province. In the past, Muang Pheng was in Xieng Khouang Province  close to the the border of the Vientiane province.

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There are two main types of headwraps that they wear-a black wrap or one with multiple siv ceeb.  Nowadays, the siv ceeb type is made into a ready to wear hat. Sometimes triangle shaped pieces of embroidery are attached to the back of the hat. I attempted to make my own hat for this outfit and I think I used about 13 layers of siv ceeb. I’ll admit it took me a couple of attempts to make it and it’s definitely worth buying. I just like trying to figure out how to make it.

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The shirt is similar to that of the Hmong Leng of Sayaboury with the dab tsho sewn face down. I opted to sew mine facing up because I wanted a some variation in my collection.  Hmong Moos Pheeb tend to wear their shirt so that the rows of appliqué shows. However, the sleeve length and width vary. I’ve seen longer tapered sleeves with a small cuff or wide short sleeves with a larger cuff. The cuff tends to be a dark blue.

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:: Xauv Ncais ::

In the past Hmong outfit series posts, the outfits I featured wear paired with a different type of xauv. Xauv that varied from 1 to 5 rings. My favorite xauv are the original 2-3 layer xauv from the Luang Prabang and and Sayaboury region of Laos. Tapered, round, and hollow – the torques are beautiful.  Hmoob Moos Pheeb pair their outfits with xauv ncais. This type of silver necklace can be simple or more elaborate decorated with different links and ornaments. The xauv ncais that I am wearing in the photo is an old traditional xauv. This xauv has a higher percentage of silver than the xauv that are currently being sold today. Presently, xauv are made of brass and silver and this is commonly referred to as “silver 2.” One benefit is that they are lighter and easier to wear.

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:: Moob Naav Tab Laab ::

This group of Hmong is sometimes referred to as “hmoob hnav tiab liab/ moob naav tab laab” (Hmong that wear red skirts). Hmoob Moos Pheeb wear a skirt with rows of red or pink appliqué on the middle of the skirt in between spaces in the batik design. Criss cross appliqué adorn the top of the middle section of the skirt followed by alternating straight lines and zig zags.

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The bottom of the skirt or  taw tiab/ taab tab consists of cross stitch embroidery – usually orange, pink, and white thread and some appliqué. Typically, green lines are appliqued along the taab tab. Additionally, the very bottom of the skirt is white and lacks appliqué. I love collecting and investing in Hmong skirts.  A single skirt consists of 5-6 yards of fabric! Just imagine the amount of time it takes to make one skirt. Honestly, if I spend my time making one I would never sell it. Traditionally, this outfit pairs with leg wraps/ nrhoob. Unfortunately, my nrhoob didn’t arrive on time for my shoot.

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:: Outfit Details ::

Hmoob Moos Pheeb Shirt/ Tsho & Apron/ Sev

Silver Necklace/ Xauv Ncais (old)

Sash/ Hlab (old)

Hmong Skirt/ Tiab (42 X 19.5)

Hat/ Phuam Siv Ceeb

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:: Photography ::

Nancy Vang

Thank you for reading! A lot of you have been waiting to see my finished paj ntaub cog ci outfit. I plan on sharing that outfit next and followed by my sequin princess hat or tutorial. While finishing up my outfits, I’ve been trying to make a men’s shirt. Once I have my pattern down I’ll share a picture tutorial with you all. Most likely, I’ll make myself a men’s shirt. Crop tops are in right? Let me know in the comments if you would be interested in learning how to make a men’s shirt.

*Outfit details pertains to my outfit, and the links provided are from sellers that I personally purchased from.

 

Hmong Outfit Series :: Hmong Leng Sayaboury

Hmong Leng Sayaboury Outfit

Hi, Everyone!  I can’t believe Hmong New Year celebrations have already started in California! I can’t wait to dress up and browse the stalls. Usually, I spend most of my time shopping. Today, I am featuring Hmong Leng Sayaboury as part of my Hmong Outfit Series. Previously, I featured the White Hmong of Sayaboury.

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:: Hmong Leng Sayaboury ::

Hmong Leng and White Hmong of Sayaboury share some similarities in the way they dress such as their head wrap and xauv. They wear xauv that consists of separate rings. Pictured is a modern five layer xauv.

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Hmong Leng Sayaboury wear a black shirt with short blue cuff on their tapered long sleeves. The cuff is usually about an inch. Appliqué runs down the front of the shirt opening, but it is usually folded over so that only the lining and needlework shows. The dab tsho is also sewn face down on the back of the shirt.

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I’ll admit that this shirt was a little difficult for me at first to wrap my head around as I’m so used to making White Hmong shirts. The dab tsho is attached differently.  Also, I was a little confused about attaching the handmade appliqué pieces that I bought for the front of the shirt. Usually, the lining of the shirt is blue and the appliqué is done directly on the shirt fabric. However, I’m not that great at appliqué and it’s quite tedious. I ended up piecing it together my way.  At least it looks traditional.

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They wear a black sev that consists of three sections and a pink or red sash that is either separate or directly attached to the sev. Like other Hmong Leng groups in Laos, they wear leg wraps or nrhoob. White Hmong don’t wear leg wraps anymore as they transitioned to pants.  Deceased White Hmong women are still dressed in leg wraps with their white skirt. The leg wraps are wrapped inwards for the living, and wrapped outwards for the dead. I didn’t grow up wearing leg wraps, occasionally I would opt for leg warmers because I tend to forget the right way to wrap.

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:: Moob Naav Tab Dlub::

Hmong Leng speak a different dialect than White Hmong, and it usually throws me off, even the written language is slightly different. This group of Hmong are typically referred to as “hmoob hnav tiab dub/ moob naav tab dlub” (Hmong that wear black skirts)  or shortened to “hmoob dub/moob dlub (Black Hmong). However this term “hmoob dub” isn’t exclusive to this group and is slightly misleading. It mostly refers to skirt which isn’t really black but a dark indigo from the dye. The indigo dye can permanently stain fingers and hands. 

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Unlike other groups of Hmong Leng in Laos, the Hmong Leng of Sayaboury still keep the middle of the skirt or ntu tiab /nthus tab free of ribbons and appliqué. This allows them to show off their exquisite batik skills.  The bottom of the skirt or taw tiab / taab tab consists of cross stitch embroidery – usually orange, red, pink, and white thread is used and some pink appliqué runs along the width of the skirt. Lastly, the very bottom of the skirt is white without any appliqué on top.

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:: Outfit Details ::

Hmong Leng Sayaboury Shirt/ Tsho & Apron/ Sev

Silver Necklace/Xauv

Sash/ Hlab (old)

Hmong Skirt/ Tiab (41 X 20)

Hat/ Phuam Paj (old)

:: Photography ::

Nancy Vang

Thank you for reading! I can’t wait to wear this outfit for Hmong New Year. I’m probably going to switch out the hat with the blue one that I made for a past tutorial and pair it with a blue sash since my favorite color happens to be blue. Still debating on whether or not to wear leg wraps to New Year. Don’t forget to follow and share the blogpost!

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:: Special Thanks ::

I would like to thank Nancy for taking the time to take photos for this blog post and for a future upcoming blog post. Not only that, thank you Ka Vang for modeling for this series as well.

*Outfit details pertains to my outfit, and the links provided are from sellers that I personally purchased from.

 

Miao Outfit :: Phoenix & Silver

Miao Outfit

Happy Thursday, everyone! Today I’m sharing a Miao outfit that I made last year. Originally I was going to wait until I finished a tutorial for the shirt, apron, and sash before posting the outfit, but I decided that if I waited it would probably take another year. Honestly, it’s not high on my priority list since I have a lot of Hmong outfits left to make. I still have to finish some outfits for Hmong New Year!

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:: Miao ::

In the summer of 2017, I visited one of my best friends in China and explored parts of Yunnan and Guizhou province with her. I was inspired to make this outfit based off of some of the outfits that I saw. In the past posts, I featured Hmong outfits and this post doesn’t quite fall into that category. In China, the Miao are the 5th largest minority group and Hmong is one of the subgroups under Miao. The other three subgroups include the Hmu, Who Xiong,  and Ah Mao.

I remember walking through the streets of the Xijiang Miao Village and my friend asked me if I understood what the local people were saying. No I don’t. They speak a different branch of the Miao language and most of the words I didn’t understand.

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:: Hmu ::

The heavily commercialized 10,000 Miao Village featured the Hmu sub group of Miao. They wear a lot of silver accessories and some are sewn onto their clothes. Silver is a sign of wealth. Some wear long skirts and others wear short skirts. I managed to bargain with one lady for a traditional long skirt outfit and accessories so I decided to make a short skirt version. The shirt is wrapped and tied on the side with the front of the shirt longer than the back. For Sacramento Hmong New Year I actually paired this outfit with a black skirt but I forgot to bring the black skirt to my photoshoot with Houa. The day of the shoot, I was rear ended so my mind was a little scattered.

In Datang, they wear dark blue pleated mini skirts! The skirts were super short but most wore shorts under and their leg wraps go much higher than what I’m used to seeing. Another outfit on my never ending list to replicate or acquire.
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:: Outfit Details ::

Miao Outfit

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

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:: Photography ::

Houa Vang Photography

Thank you for reading! I have a couple of shoots planned so stay tuned for more Hmong Outfit Series posts. I can wait to share some of my finished projects for Hmong New Year as well.

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Hmong Outfit Series :: Colorful Appliqué & Flower Hmong

DSC_0073edit-copy-683x1024 Hmong Outfit Series :: Colorful Appliqué & Flower Hmong Hmong Outfit Series Happy, Thursday everyone!! In this photo, I am wearing a Flower Hmong outfit from the Lao Cai province in Vietnam. After seeing pictures of this outfit from markets in Bac Ha, I fell in love.The long circle skirt consists of batik replica fabric, cross-stitch embroidery, and rows of appliqué. I felt like a princess covered in a kaleidoscope of colors prancing around in the forest. Traditionally Flower Hmong wear a colorful headscarf, but I couldn’t find one I liked so I opted to DIY some hair accessories to add a little silver to the outfit since they wear very minimal accessories.

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:: Flower Hmong ::

The shirt has rows of machine applique  along the arms and around the yoke of the skirt. Usually frog clasp or zippers close the front of the shirt. This Flower Hmong shirt pattern is different from the previous outfits that I featured as part of my Hmong Outfit Series. It’s similar to the Hmong Chinese shirts with  standing mandarin collar. Sometimes the bottom of the yoke is decorated with ribbon, decorative trims, and beads. This type of shirt lacks a dab tsho.

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Flower Hmong wear long skirts that usually end mid-calf or ankle. The top of the skirt consists of batik print fabric to mimic batik. The middle consists of cross-stitch embroidery with orange, yellow, and white thread and colorful rows of applique. Each row is thin about 2 mm. The very bottom of the skirt is a more velveting material in a contrasting color. DSC_0147-edit-copy-683x1024 Hmong Outfit Series :: Colorful Appliqué & Flower Hmong Hmong Outfit Series
I’ve seen the Flower Hmong wear either two short aprons with one in the front and back or one longer apron in the front. Presently they wear colorful headscarf, but in the past they wore a headwrap.

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:: Outfit Details ::

Flower Hmong Outfit

As Hmong New Year is approaching, I’m constantly rearranging my Hmong clothes and hastily finishing projects. I’m spoiled in the sense that I dislike rewearing the same exact outfit from the year before. I don’t mind wearing the same style just not the same exact outfit. What are you planning on wearing to Hmong New Year? 

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:: Photography ::

Victoria Chang Photography 

:: Xauv Giveaway ::

Thank you for reading! I hit 300 likes on Facebook and currently holding a little xauv giveaway. The winner will receive a male xauv! To enter, like my page, share my post on Facebook, comment what you are planning on wearing to Hmong New Year, and tag 3 friends. The giveaway will close in a week on Friday, October 12th.

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DIY :: How to make a Hmong Sash

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:: Hmong Sash ::

Happy Friday, everyone! Today, I’m sharing a tutorial on how to make a Hmong sash. I have a variety of sashes, traditional and modern. Some wrap around multiple times others just once. Some tied or pinned.

I made a modern sash but instead of the flat ends or tails, I wanted a gathered look in the back. Basically I wanted it to look like I was wearing two sashes that are tied but I didn’t want a knot in the back. This method allows me to take out the bulk.

:: Materials ::

Blue Sequin Fabric

Blue Chiffon Fabric

Interface

: Instructions ::

  1. For the waistband, cut the sequin fabric into a 54 inch by  8.75 inch rectangle.

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  2. Iron interface onto the wrong side of the fabric and leave a 3/8 inseam.
  3. Fold the waistband in half lengthwise and fold 3/8 of the top and bottom in.
  4. Cut 2 smaller rectangles from the sequin fabric and 2 smaller rectangles from the chiffon fabric.
  5. Hem the 3 edges and leave about an inch from the top of each rectangle.
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  7. Place inside of of waistband and pin into place.

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    (Note: The waist band is the same color as the sequin tails, the lighting when I took the photo made it look kind of off)

  8. Sew the sides and bottom of waistband

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TIP: When working with this sequin fabric, make sure to use the slowest setting on your sewing machine. The sequins are glued onto the mesh so as the needle goes through the sequins it can get really hot and gummy. So work slow, use a longer stitch setting, and clean the needle often.

Thank you for reading my tutorial on how to make a Hmong sash! You can change the the dimensions based on your own measurements. I usually position the tails on the sash so that when wrapped around my waist, the end of the waistband ends on my side. This allows me to hide the end and then the sash looks pretty from the front and back! If I wear a hlab nyiaj on top it also hides it as well.

Hmong Outfit Series :: Hmong Leng Thailand

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Hi Saturday, everyone! Slowly but surely I’m finishing up my outfits for Hmong New Year. I actually need to update my inventory list too. Last year, I wrote down a list of my outfits I had but I’ve been putting off keeping a digital list. I mean if I update it regularly, I will have to come to terms with the amount of outfits I have. A reality I don’t really want to face especially when I know my collection is nowhere near being complete. I just have a lot of variations of the same type of outfit – another excuse I tell myself to justify my purchases and projects. Today I’m feature a Hmong Leng Outfit from Thailand or Hmong Thai Outfit as part of my Hmong Outfit Series.DSC_0549edit-1024x731 Hmong Outfit Series :: Hmong Leng Thailand Hmong Outfit Series

:: Hmong Leng Thailand ::

There were two main patterns of migration for the Hmong Thai. The first group was in Thailand before the Vietnam war and migrated from Vietnam and Southern China. The second group was from Laos previous migrating from Vietnam and Southern China and fled Laos after the communist takeover.

Hmong Leng in Thailand wear their hair up in buns and decorate their buns with beads, coins, pom poms, and siv ceeb. However, the hair bun is not as large as some of the Hmong groups located in Vietnam. Rows of appliqué fabric decorate the front of shirt and one side runs in a zigzag pattern across the chest. Typically, the dab tsho is usually sewn face down with the appliqué hidden and the cuffs of the shirt tend to be blue. Occasionally, the stars are embroidered on the shirt.

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:: Hmong Thai Skirt ::

There are different variations of the Hmong Thai skirt. One variation has a pink embroidered bottom section with rows of diamond appliqué running along the top and bottom. The top section consists of batik. Colorful ribbon and appliqué fill in the empty spaces in the batik design. In the past, skirts consisted of just the batik and cross stitch portion. Usually the outfit is worn with a pink or red sash. The apron is typically plain black with two seams running down the middle. When wearing an outfit with embroidery or paj ntaub, it is sewn on the sleeves and top of the plain black apron. DSC_0553edit-732x1024 Hmong Outfit Series :: Hmong Leng Thailand Hmong Outfit Series

:: Outfit Details ::

Hmong Leng Outfit

Hlab

Pleated Skirt

Xauv

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:: Photography ::

Victoria Chang 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.of

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