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.
:: 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.
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.
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.
:: Outfit Details ::
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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:: Xauv Giveaway ::
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