Hi, Everyone! I finally get to showcase an outfit that took me a while to refurbish and match up pieces. So far, I have finished two outfits and have four more to work on. Today, I’m going to showcase a White Hmong Wenshan outfit based in China as part of my Hmong Outfit Series.
:: White Hmong Wenshan ::
White Hmong in Wenshan county, Yunnan province in China wears this outfit. They are distinguished by their embroidered headwrap with tassels and shirts and aprons with white embroidery. Nowadays, the embroidery is either done completely by machine or a mix of machine embroidery and someone manually turning the fabric and filling in details with thread. In the past, the embroidery was all done by hand.
When I took my original jackets apart, I noticed similarities to the jackets of White Hmong in Laos and Thailand. One difference is that they don’t make an additional cut down the back of the shirt. This step usually allows the dab tsho to sit lower and not so close to the back of your neck. Additionally, I added more fabric to the sleeves to make the sleeves wider and more comfortable to wear. There is a slight taper to the sleeves as well.
Not all outfits have beads. I added beads to my outfit and used a simple pattern because I wanted to highlight the blue fabric I used on my shirt. Usually, beads are in a pattern to form flowers, butterflies, and birds. Unfortunately, I lack that patience.
:: White Skirt ::
Traditionally this group of Hmong wear white skirts. The apron/ sev tends to be short about the same length as the skirt or a little longer than the skirt. Typically, a square piece of embroidery is worn in the back under the two tw. I’ve heard it referred to as money bag / hnab nyiaj but it doesn’t have a pocket to store anything inside. To me, it looks closer to a super short second sev on the back. This would make sense as there are groups of Hmong in China that wear two sev with their skirts.
In addition, leg wraps or nrhoob with matching embroidery are worn as well. I thought about adding beads to my leg wraps for this outfit but I held back mainly because beading is extremely tedious for me.
:: Outfit Details ::
Head wrap / Phuam
Jacket / Tsho
Apron / Sev
Leg wrap /Nrhoob
:: Photography ::
Thank you for reading! I want to give a shoutout to Chey, my photographer for this post. Please help support her work. I think that she took gorgeous photos during golden hour and would definitely recommend booking her if you are in the Bay Area.
Finally, I can’t wait to feature the next outfit. Hint- It’s going to be another outfit from China.