Hi again! Chilly weather is starting to hit the Bay Area and it’s finally starting to feel like fall. Last week, I shared an outfit from Wenshan County in Yunnan and could barely wait a whole week to share this outfit. Today, I’m featuring a Hmoob Ntxaug outfit as part of my Hmong Outfit Series.
:: Hmoob Ntxaug ::
Often called Flower Miao, this group is distinguished by their heavily embroidered jackets and their skirts with detailed batik designs. They refer to themselves as Hmoob Ntxaug and are located in Guangxi and Guizhou provinces in China.
The jacket has embroidery along the sleeves, shoulders, and back. Additionally, there is batik on the bottom of the front panels of the shirt. I was first drawn to this outfit due to the colors and embroidery on the jacket.
:: Batik Skirt ::
Interestingly, Hmoob Ntxaug do not add any embroidery or applique to their skirts. Similar to other Hmong groups, the skirt is made up of three parts. The waist of the skirt is completely flat, not pleated to hold the pleats of the skirt on the middle and bottom part.
Note: I had my skirt altered to be more like skirts found in Laos/Thailand and to fit be better.
The batik on this skirt is extensive and complex with multiple rows of designs. I love the sashes that pair with this type of outfit. Usually, two or more are layered on top of each other. Firstly, the black sash is worn. Cross stitch details adorn the sash and there is a connected boa of pom poms along the end. In addition, to the black sash, there is a white sash with cross-stitch. Lastly, the sev goes on top.
I substituted a plain pair of black leg wraps with this outfit. Traditionally, this group of Hmong wear black leg wraps with some embroidery along the edge. Unfortunately, I was unable to find a pair in good condition.
:: Outfit Details ::
Jacket / Tsho
:: Photography ::
Thank you for reading! Currently, I’m working on refurbishing and putting together a couple of Hmong Chinese outfits with applique. After this post, I will either feature another outfit in my Hmong Outfit Series or a tutorial. We will see what I have time work on after work.