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.
I have 3 different sequin outfits in mind. Only planning on finishing 2 in time for Hmong New Year.
My pile of trims for various shirts as well.
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.
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.
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.
:: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Miao Silver Hair Accessories
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)
:: 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.
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.
:: 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.
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.
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.
This traditional xauv consist of 3 separate silver rings.
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.
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.
:: Outfit Details ::
Hmong Sev Plooj Outfit with Pants
Siv paj co
Hnab paj ntaub
:: 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.