Hi Everyone! Today, I’m sharing pictures of an outfit that my mom made. I requested a simple crop top outfit made from vintage Hmong Chinese embroidery that I bought from someone years ago. To the Hmong sister that sold me the trims, thank you so much!
Hmong Chinese Embroidery
I love that the trims were made on green fabric. Typically, I lean towards pink and baby blue so this is a bit of a variation. The design was based on the short tops that men wear in Laos. My mom argued with me on this so we compromised and added the dab tsho to the back. So it’s more a just a short modern women’s top and not actually a top for men.
I paired my outfit with my trusty white skirt from Nancy’s mom and vintage green sash (You can’t tell but after the photoshoot, there’s some mud on the skirt).
On the bottom of the shirt, I added silver-lined beads and silver accents. Usually, on men’s shirts, they add bells on the side and coins on the bottom. I debated adding more on the sev but I didn’t want the silver to tarnish and ruin the embroidery. I didn’t have enough leftover embroidery to make match leg wraps. Usually, on men’s shirts, they add bells on the side and coins on the bottom. Even my shoes have Hmong Chinese embroidery on them!
Thank you for reading! I hope you stay healthy and safe. My next post will feature one of my favorite Hmong Chinese outfits as part of my Hmong Outfit Series. I have a lot of outfits to share and shoots to plan. Make sure you follow my Instagram for sneak peeks of outfits that will be on the blog.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
:: 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.
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.
:: 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.
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.
Hi, Everyone! Even though, Hmong New Year is barely over I’m already thinking about what I’m wearing. There were a couple of outfits that I had ready but didn’t get to wear. Apparently there weren’t enough days. Also I wasn’t able to go all of days for Fresno New Year. I drove back to the bay on the first and one day I had a photoshoot scheduled. Today, I’m sharing a Hmong outfit from Sapa as part of my Hmong Outfit Series.
:: Black Hmong Sapa ::
Black Hmong of Sapa live in Lao Cai province of Vietnam and are distinguished by their “black” clothing. The clothing appears black due to the dark indigo dyes that are used. There are quite a bit of groups of Hmong that are referred to as Black Hmong due to their dark clothing or due to their dialect. This group is different from another Black Hmong group in Vietnam in Son La province and Laos in Sam Neua province.
:: Indigo ::
Women wear a jacket with embroidered sleeves and a vest on top with an embroidered collar. Fancier jackets have embroidery and applique across the back and shoulders similar to the jackets/shirts that the Hmong Leng Yen Bai wear. The embroidery on their jackets and collars usually consists of dark colors outlined in black. The fabric is made out of hemp that has to be softened before it is woven into modafinilonline.org fabric. Afterwards the fabric is dyed with indigo giving a very dark appearance. Some jackets look shiny because they are covered with beeswax.
:: Shorts ::
This is one of the only Hmong groups that I’ve seen wearing short trousers. The shorts, jacket, and vest are held together with an embroidered belt with hemp ends. Additionally, Hmong Leng Sapa wrap their legs with nrhoob. Originally they wore a skirt with an apron but eventually transitioned to shorts with the overlapped jacket and vest. I personally love looking at how Hmong clothes change over the years and the fluidity shaped by culture, environment, and access to resources.
:: Outfit Details ::
Hmong Leng Sapa Jacket / Tsho
Hmong Leng Sapa Vest
Leg Wraps / Nrhoob
Traditionally they wear a black head wrap that consist of yards of fabric wrapped several times. Similarly to the Flower Hmong and Hmong Leng Yen Bai they will sometimes wear a brightly colored plaid headscarf.
Thank you for reading! I didn’t really make official New Year’s Resolutions this year, but I’m hoping that I can update my wyckhamporteous.org blog more regularly. This Hmong Outfit Series is special to me and I have outfits that have yet to be photographed. Also, I’m trying to buy less since I’m running out of room. However, I will probably change my mind since there are various outfits from Vietnam and China that I really want. Stay tuned for my next post! I still have a super over due Lululemon post…
Hi Everyone! Today is the last day that I’ll be attending Hmong New Year in Fresno and the last day of the year and decade! This year I wasn’t able to explore as much during Hmong New Year as I wanted because of other commitments. However, I still made the most of it and can’t wait to start the new year. I wasn’t able to plan as many shoots as I wanted during my break, but stay tuned for another Hmong Outfit Series post next month.
:: Day 1 ::
For the first day of Hmong New Year I wore an outfit from the Luang Prabang Province of Laos. I wish I took pictures of the back of the outfit. This outfit is near and dear to me and I have many different versions but always end up wearing my blue one.
:: Outfit Details ::
White Hmong Luang Prabang Outfit
:: Day 2 ::
This outfit was vibrant and my second Hmong Thai Outfit! Part of me wished I wore a green money belt to bring out the green in the apron and skirt.
I’m inserting a picture from my Hmong Leng Yen Bai shoot since I wasn’t able to take a photo this day at Hmong New Year. This is one of my favorite outfits and I can’t anabolicrx24 wait to find a reason to wear it again.
Hi, everyone! It’s been a while since my last Hmong Outfit Series Post. I have a couple of outfits to share over the next couple of months with you all. Today, I am featuring one of my favorite outfits, Hmong Leng of Yen Bai.
:: Yen Bai ::
Hmong Leng Yen Bai live in Northern Vietnam and dark earthy colors distinguish them from other Hmong groups. Their outfits have some similarities to the Hmong Leng in Sapa.
The Hmong Leng Yen Bai shirts have a royal blue collar and sleeves with batik, applique, and embroidery on the back and shoulders. My shirt is quite roadwaysupply simple and made more on the modern side with fitted seams. I love the embroidery on the belt. There is a mixture of cross stitch and chain stitch embroidery and the ends of the belt are made out of hemp dyed with indigo.
:: Skirt ::
The batik design on the middle of the skirt is quite simple on my skirt consisting of dots and lines. The more expensive skirts have a more complicated design and the batik design seems to vary. Unlike the Hmong Leng in Laos and Thailand, the colors used in the embroidery of the bottom of the skirt is made with earth-toned colors instead of bright pinks, oranges, and yellow. I almost bought a skirt that had more purple and dark blue in the embroidery but I wanted a bit of variation in my collection. My skirt has red, white, and black cotton applique lines on the taab tab with some red and blue rectangles. The embroidery consists of brown, white, and black cross-stitch.
The original skirt that I bought had a waistband made out of hemp but I had the waistband of the skirt altered since I wanted the skirt shorter and not as wide. I usually have Crossroads by Nancy’s mom alter my skirts for me. I understand the process but love her work so I just bring skirts for her to alter for me so that they fit better. She also makes one of the prettiest white pleated skirts. So far I haven’t found anyone that makes white skirts better than hers. High quality and extremely flattering.
:: Hat ::
Hmong Leng Yen Bai wear a black head wrap that is wrapped multiple times with paj ntaub on top similar to their belt. Usually, the head wrap is decorated with coins. For everyday wear, they opt to wear a colorful plaid headscarf.
Thank you for reading! Fresno New Year is here and I can’t wait to share the outfits that I’m wearing. I will be wearing this outfit one of the many days that I am attending. If you want to see what I wore last year click here.
Hi, everyone! I have an epiphanous realization that I have prepared too many outfits for Hmong New Year. Some outfits are a part of my Hmong Outfit Series and others are part of my creative outlet. As I type this post, I see that my fabric purchases don’t seem to be twindling. There’s a lot of outfits on my list and I’m trying to finish them during my break because I won’t be able to sew for a while. Today, I’m sharing an outfit that I made inspired by the Hmong Leng Sam Neua. It’s not completely traditional but contains most of the pieces of Hmong Leng from this region.
:: Hmong Leng Sam Neua ::
This group lives in Northeastern Laos near the Vietnam border in the province Sam Neua. They wear their hair in large hair buns like the Hmong Leng Dien Bien/ Lai Chau in Vietnam. I like the detail on the front of the shirt. The applique doesn’t run straight on both sides but zigzags on one side and the zig zag faces differently than the Hmong Leng of Thailand. It’s typically folded over, but I sewed mine flat on the front of the shirt. I opted to do this because I think it looks cleaner and I like it lying flat and flush against the shirt.
The shirt has black cuffs instead of the dark blue cuff like the Hmong Leng of Xieng Khouang, and Hmoob Moos Pheeb. Typically the sleeve is a full length sleeve. I did the appliqué of the shirt by hand and that was a very tedious process. My appliqué skills are also quite basic so it doesn’t look very pretty up close. Usually, in the very middle of the appliqué row there is embroidery or appliqué triangles. I chose to embroider stars.
The video I linked below shows a Hmong girl getting dressed in the Hmong Leng Sam Neua style.
Like the various Hmong Leng groups of Laos their dab tsho is sewn face down. Instead of tying their sash, they wrap it around the waist multiple times.
:: Skirt ::
The skirt that I’m wearing is not exactly authentic. It’s the closest skirt that I had in my collection to the Hmong Leng Sam Neua skirt. Hmong Leng Sam Neua wear skirts with rows of red appliqué in between the spaces of the batik design. Straight lines, zig zags, and criss crossing lines are appliquéd on the middle of the skirt.
Pictured below is an authentic skirt. My skirt lacks the red appliqué rectangles on the bottom of the skirt or the taw tiab/ taab tab. The bottom of the Hmong Leng Sam Neua skirt consists of cross stitch embroidery- usually yellow, orange, red, and white and appliqué. In-between the embroidery space is left to appliqué red rectangles.
Maybe when I wear this outfit next year, I’ll take the time to put my hair up in a large hair bun.
Traditionally, this outfit pairs with leg wraps or nrhoob. Long triangles of hemp fabric dyed indigo are wrapped around the legs. Inwards for the living and outwards for the dead. I added some red ribbon on the top for decoration.
Thank you for reading! Merced New Year is here and I can’t wait for the grand finale of Fresno Hmong New year. It took me a while to decide which outfits to wear for Fresno Hmong New Year, but I’m proud to say I’m ready and no longer questioning my https://www.buycarisoprodol.org/ decisions. I can’t wait to share with you all my outfits for this year. If you want to see the outfits I wore last year click here. Next week, I’ll showcase my sequin princess hat!
Hi Everyone! Paj ntaub cog ci is trending again and I’m ecstatic! This outfit took me so long to make! I finished just in time to wear it to Hmong New Year. Honestly, it’s worth buying over making since I spent so much time sewing on sequins. Unlike the other outfits in my Hmong Outfit Series, this outfit doesn’t belong to a specific region. Paj ntaub cog ci was popular in the late 80’s and 90’s and showcases a period of innovation, transition, and adaptation.
:: Paj Ntaub Cog Ci ::
My cousin’s outfit reminded me of the outfits that I wore when I was younger. I had various Hmong outfits made out of the Thai skirt fabric material and I wanted to make an outfit that had elements of the past, incorporated my favorite colors, and that was more fitted.
Paj ntaub cog ci consists of embroidery and sequins. There are different patterns – some with more embroidery than others. Sequins are applied in the empty spaces. Sometimes lace is added on top of the borders surrounding the embroidery. I chose to omit the lace to have the blue stand out. I also took out the little triangles for two main reasons – I’m lazy and I don’t like them poking me. The outfit looks clean, simple, and there’s more focus on the blue and sequins.
I made my shirt the traditional style just not as loose. This was because I thought that the fitted style with princess seams would be more difficult. Since it would require me to align the diamonds at every seam and I had a limited amount of fabric to use.Then, I ran into another problem with the print of the fabric. I wanted the diamonds to run vertical and not horizontal because it give the illusion of being slimmer and if it ran horizontal I would look wider. So in the end I still had to align the diamonds. Usually with traditional shirts there isn’t a seam across the shoulders but if you look really closely on my shirt you can see the seam. I didn’t really care about the pattern matching super closely where I attached the sleeves though.
Originally I wanted a 3/4 sleeve shirt but I made the mistake of cutting too much off of my sleeve embroidery. Do you see a trend here? This entire process was a cycle of failure and compromise with way more patience than I thought I possessed. So I had to settle for a long sleeve shirt. Additionally, I made the shirt a little to small for me. Despite the mistakes along the way, I’m super excited to wear this outfit to Hmong New Year. I’m pairing it with the hat that I featured in this post.
Thank you for reading! I can’t wait to show the finished princess hat that I made to go with this outfit too. I’ll showcase it with a different outfit though. Something that is different than what I usually go for. I’m trying to stay away from sequins for a while squeezing in some last minute projects before the year is over because I won’t be able to sew for a while.
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