Happy Hmong New Year! Today is the first day of the Hmong New Year in Fresno. There are only 4 days this year and usually, around this time I would be going through my Hmong clothes and selecting outfits to wear. Despite having a Hmong New Year celebration in Fresno, this year I’m opting out. On the positive side, I have another outfit to share as part of my Hmong Outfit Series. This outfit is worn by White Hmong Guangxi in China.
:: White Hmong Guangxi:
This group is located in Longlin County Guangxi. The everyday outfit is plainer without applique but I was drawn to the outfits with the applique. Seems like it’s reserved or special events or a symbol of status. Even the shape of the applique is unique. Not the typical motif associated with Hmong clothing.
The sleeves and dab tsho of the jacket have applique. I’ve seen some jackets with similar applique along the lapels of the jacket as well. It took me about a year to collect all of the pieces I needed to complete this outfit.
Originally, I had a machine embroidered sev but I wasn’t content and kept looking for one with applique. I put my sash together from various leftover pieces because the sash I bought hasn’t been shipped yet.
This group usually wears a headwrap. I still need to refurbish mine as the tassels are coming apart. So one day I’ll have photos with the head wrap.
The White Hmong of Guangxi pair their jackets with a white skirt and leg wraps. 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. I thought about adding ribbon on the edge of one of my many pairs of leg wraps but I couldn’t find any that I liked enough.
:: Outfit Details ::
Jacket / Tsho
Apron / Sev
Sash / Hlab
Thank you for reading! I have two more outfits to show from recent shoots. One is part of my Hmong Outfit Series and the other was more a modern DIY project.