Hmong Outfit :: Butterflies & White Hmong Thailand

White Hmong Thailand Embroidery

Hi, Everyone! Even though I took a long break from my blog due to grad school and difficulty collecting pieces of outfits, I have a new update featuring a White Hmong Thailand outfit. While I can’t wait to show you the various outfits that I completed, I have to be patient and share one at a time. Who knows I might disappear again. Today, I’m going to show one of my favorite outfits as part of my Hmong Outfit Series.

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:: White Hmong Thailand ::

This outfit is worn by some White Hmong in Northern Thailand. In the past, I’ve seen the outfit worn in different provinces from but not limited to Chiang Rai, Nan, and Phetchabun. They can be distinguished by their head wrap and extensive embroidery on their jackets and even pants! I love the cross-stitched butterflies on this outfit. 

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Jackets and apron pairings come in different colors. The most popular ones I’ve seen are blue or black. Usually, the headwrap has a grid stitch pattern and small pom poms or flat small circular fringe. I’m going to attempt to make my own outfit so lookout for a future blog post about the result. My shirt is pretty boxy since they didn’t trim excess out of the body of the shirt. It is also missing a dab tsho on the back of the shirt. 

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:: Blue Pants ::

Unlike the White Hmong in Sayaboury and Luang Prabang in Laos, this group typically wears blue pants. Usually, a royal blue. For special occasions, both men and women wear an embroidered pair of pants. 

They wear two sev, one in the front and the back. Typically, the sev features cross-stitch or grid stitch, or a combination depending on the shirt pattern. On their tw siv, they embroider along the border as well. Along the ends of the tw siv, a siv paj co is attached. This group does not wear hlab ntxoo. 

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:: Outfit Details ::

Headwrap/ Phuam

Jacket/ Tsho

Pants/ ris

Apron / sev

Sash/tw siv & siv paj co

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:: Photography ::

Victoria Chang

Thank you for reading! The next post will feature one of the outfits that I refurbished and resized. In my free time, I’m working on a couple more so I can wear matching outfits with my sister and cousin.