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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