Hmong Outfit Series :: Hmong Leng Thailand

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Hi Saturday, everyone! Slowly but surely I’m finishing up my outfits for Hmong New Year. I actually need to update my inventory list too. Last year, I wrote down a list of my outfits I had but I’ve been putting off keeping a digital list. I mean if I update it regularly, I will have to come to terms with the amount of outfits I have. A reality I don’t really want to face especially when I know my collection is nowhere near being complete. I just have a lot of variations of the same type of outfit – another excuse I tell myself to justify my purchases and projects. Today I’m feature a Hmong Leng Outfit from Thailand or Hmong Thai Outfit as part of my Hmong Outfit Series.

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:: Hmong Leng Thailand ::

There were two main patterns of migration for the Hmong Thai. The first group was in Thailand before the Vietnam war and migrated from Vietnam and Southern China. The second group was from Laos previous migrating from Vietnam and Southern China and fled Laos after the communist takeover.

Hmong Leng in Thailand wear their hair up in buns and decorate their buns with beads, coins, pom poms, and siv ceeb. However, the hair bun is not as large as some of the Hmong groups located in Vietnam. Rows of appliqué fabric decorate the front of shirt and one side runs in a zigzag pattern across the chest. Typically, the dab tsho is usually sewn face down with the appliqué hidden and the cuffs of the shirt tend to be blue. Occasionally, the stars are embroidered on the shirt.

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:: Hmong Thai Skirt ::

There are different variations of the Hmong Thai skirt. One variation has a pink embroidered bottom section with rows of diamond appliqué running along the top and bottom. The top section consists of batik. Colorful ribbon and appliqué fill in the empty spaces in the batik design. In the past, skirts consisted of just the batik and cross stitch portion. Usually the outfit is worn with a pink or red sash. The apron is typically plain black with two seams running down the middle. When wearing an outfit with embroidery or paj ntaub, it is sewn on the sleeves and top of the plain black apron. DSC_0553edit-732x1024 Hmong Outfit Series :: Hmong Leng Thailand Hmong Outfit Series

:: Outfit Details ::

Hmong Leng Outfit

Hlab

Pleated Skirt

Xauv

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:: Photography ::

Victoria Chang Photography 

Thank you for reading! Make sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Once I hit 300 likes on Facebook I’ll be hosting a little xauv giveaway.of

Hmong Outfit Series :: Hmong Leng Lai Chau/Dien Bien

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Happy Friday, everyone! I can’t believe it’s been a month since I came back from South Korea. I’m hoping that the next time I go to Asia, I don’t go in the summer. I can’t handle the humidity. Before going to South Korea, I featured a Stripe Hmong Outfit that I made. Today, I’m showcasing a Hmong Leng outfit from Vietnam. In the past Hmong Outfit posts, I shared White Hmong outfits and this is a first Hmong Leng outfit featured. Hmong Leng tend to have more intricately decorated skirts with batik and appliqué.

:: Hmong Leng Lai Chau / Dien Bien ::

In Vietnam, there are multiple groups of Hmong Leng and in Lai Chau there are two different Hmong Leng groups.This group is distinguished by the large orange and pink embroidery on bottom half of their skirts and huge hair buns. They are also found in the province Dien Bien.

For the past year or so I noticed that this skirt was getting more popular. A lot of these skirts are sold secondhand. There are some that are brand new but they are more expensive and I found that shipping from Vietnam is costly. IMG_3107-1024x858 Hmong Outfit Series :: Hmong Leng Lai Chau/Dien Bien Hmong Outfit Series

Usually the shirt that is paired with the outfit has bands of blue fabric on the sleeves and the apron is solid black.The front of the shirt usually has appliqué. Unlike the previous outfits I showed they wear a single sash on the waist and lack hlab nxtoo and tw siv.  I attempted to make this apron for the first time. I am more familiar with making sev plooj. This sev is different as it has two seams in the middle and is one single piece of fabric. Hopefully, I made it correctly since I just based it off of pictures.

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I also noticed that the dab tsho is larger than what I’m used to. If I have time I might recreate one that is smaller and switch it out.

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:: Outfit Details ::

Hmong Leng Outfit

Hlab

Pleated Skirt

Xauv

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:: Photography ::

Uncle Sai Photography 

Thank you for reading! Make sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Once I hit 300 likes on Facebook I’ll be hosting a little xauv giveaway. Next update will most likely be a tutorial or beauty update. I’m also thinking about going live on Facebook once a week for mini tutorials and to answer questions as I sew. Let me know in the comments if that is something that you would be interested in.

Hmong Outfit Series :: Sequin & Stripes

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Hi, Everyone! It’s been a while since my last post on the blog and my last update of my Hmong Outfit Series. I was busy traveling and working on this piece. This is my first time making a Stripe Hmong outfit and sequin outfit. I love how paj ntaub cog ci is coming back and trending and I wanted to do a couple of takes on it. Add a little twist while challenging myself.

During the process, I questioned my own thought process and weighed the pros and cons of making my own outfit. All in all the biggest thing that I get out of making my own outfit is the little pat on the back that I give myself and sense of accomplishment. I actually committed to my idea and followed through. Additionally, it’s like a fun puzzle for me and I’m rewarded with a semi decent outfit.

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:: Stripe Hmong ::

This outfit is based off Hmoob Txaij or Stripe Hmong from Sam Neua/Phongsali province in Laos. Their outfit is distinguished by the bands on their sleeves and they usually wear a heavier xauv than the Hmong in Sayaboury and Luang Prabang.This is one of my favorite xauv because of the tiers and slight tapering. It’s a more feminine take as the traditional xauv are heavier and can be a little bulky. I’ll show a traditional real silver one in a future post.

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I opted to make my outfit paired with a skirt for mostly aesthetic reasons and sheer laziness. Typically the outfit is worn with pants and the skirt is for special occasions or during burial rites. When paired with pants, there are two aprons with one in the back and one in the front. There are two sashes – usually pink and green and both are tied in the back. My sashes are a little long for my liking, I dressed myself for the photos and couldn’t adjust my sashes to my satisfaction. It always looks better when my mom helps me.

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This hat was a fun addition. Originally I was planning on buying one but I decided that it would only be fitting if I made one and added sequins! Honestly, I don’t even know if I made the hat correctly. I would probably make it better if I knew how it was traditionally wrapped.

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:: Outfit Details ::

Miao Silver Hair Accessories

Stripe Hmong Outfit

Sequin Sashes

Xauv

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt (37 X17.5)

Thank you for reading! I wanted to update my blog before my trip. Make sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram. Once I hit 300 likes on Facebook I’ll be hosting a little xauv giveaway.

:: Photography ::

Star Pictures Studio

Hmong Outfit Series :: White Hmong Ha Giang

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Hi, everyone! Today I’m showcasing an outfit that I made last year to wear during Hmong New Year. I was inspired by the White Hmong from the Ha Giang Province in Vietnam that I saw in this video. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish the headdress in time for Hmong New Year. I’ll probably finish it after my endless projects sometime this year.

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:: White Hmong Ha Giang ::

They usually fold over the collar/lapels of the shirt, but their lapels were quite wide. So I opted to sew them down instead so that they would lay flat and flush against the shirt. I did alter the outfit so that it would be more flattering for my body so my outfit is based on theirs mixing traditional and modern aspects of their outfit together. On their arms, they have one wide stripe and a very thin cuff.

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They used to wear one short wide apron about the length of their skirt. Present day they changed and wear two wide aprons. Traditionally, the outfit would consist of the shirt, white skirt, apron, tw siv, red/pink and green sashes, and leg wrappings. However, with the addition of the second apron, they only wear one sash and no longer wear leg wrappings.

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The traditional head wrap or phuam siv ceeb would be easy to make since it is just black fabric with siv ceeb wrapped on top.

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One thing that stood out to me when I saw the outfit on the video was how the made the dab tsho. It’s wide and short like Hmong Leng dab tsho and different from White Hmong which is usually longer.

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:Outfit Details:

Miao Silver Hair Accessories

Xauv

Hmong Vietnamese Ha Giang Outfit

Pink and Green Sashes ( Old I haven’t seen this fabric sold in years)

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt ( 37 X17.5)

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:: Photography ::

Houa Vang Photography

Thank you for reading! Next time I’ll try to post a tutorial or an update on some of my projects. I also ordered some Hmong clothes overseas so stay tuned for a little haul as well. I can’t wait to showcase more Hmong clothes and to finish all the outfits I have planned.

Hmong Outfit Series :: White Hmong Sayaboury

Hmong Clothes Sayaboury Carolyn Chang

Hi, everyone! It’s been a while since my last post.  This outfit always brings back fond memories especially the phuam. Hmong Sayaboury wear this distinctive headwrap. Below is an old photo of my cousins and I wearing the traditional head wrap.  The process frustrated my mom and aunts. We were young and they wanted a nice picture but I think they quickly realized that it was going to be more difficult than they thought. By the time they fixed it on one of us, another one would already unravel.

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:: White Hmong Sayaboury ::

This post highlights the outfit that some White Hmong wear in  Sayaboury province in Laos.  The outfit is similar to the outfit that some White Hmong in Luang Prabang wear however the sleeves are longer and slimmer and they wear a different headwrap.

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Despite the difficulty in arranging it, I love the headwrap. Nowadays, the headwrap is made into a hat and not an actual wrap. I might post a video of how to wear it traditionally. The base of the hat is either purple or black fabric with colorful large yarn.   Wrap siv ceeb on top to hold everything together. For decoration, place a little coin belt on top. Hmong Leng from this region also wear a similar headwrap paired with a different outfit.
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Above is a picture of the traditional head wrap. My maternal grandmother made this piece. I was told that when you are married you either wear one siv ceeb or none at all.

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I love the reverse applique and I rarely find paj ntaub mos like this anymore. Now it’s cut a lot larger and in my opinion not as pretty but to each their own. I never advanced to reverse applique so I can’t really complain.

When wearing pants, two aprons are worn with a shorter one in the back. Siv paj co, hlab nxtoo, and lastly tw siv with paj ntaub goes on top. I was always taught to wrap it so the paj ntaub peeks through.

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When the outfit is worn with a skirt only one apron is worn, the one in the back is omitted. In Laos, skirts were usually reserved for special occasions and for burial. Pants allowed the women to work in the fields and they didn’t have to worry about their skirts getting dirty.

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: Outfit Details :

Phuam

Xauv

Hmong Sev Plooj Outfit with Pants

Siv paj co

Hlab nxtoo

Tw siv

Hlab nyiaj

Hnab paj ntaub

 

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:: Photography ::

Victoria Chang Photography

Thank you for reading! I need to be more consistent with updating. I have a couple of more outfits to showcase. Let me know in the comments if you want to see a Hmong Vietnamese outfit or a Miao outfit next.

 

Hmong Outfit Series :: Luang Prabang

Hmong Outfit Luang Prabang Carolyn Chang

Hi Everyone! This is the first post in my Hmong Outfit Series. I thought about releasing a Hmong Outfit Series a while back and it became more important to me after my grandpa passed away. Luang Prabang is the province of Laos where he grew up and in his eyes his homeland. I remember how proud he looked every year when he saw me dressed up for Hmong New Year and how he would make fun of me when I would wear clothes from a different region. He would tell me that if I wore different clothes, I would confuse people and they would assume that I was from their region.

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There would be times when I asked a fellow Hmong peer what kind of Hmong clothes was specific to their family. When they didn’t know or didn’t know how to put all the pieces together, I felt sad and it made me want to start this project.

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: White Hmong of Luang Prabang :

This post showcases the outfit that some White Hmong wear in Luang Prabang. My grandma always told me we were Hmong that wear sev plooj. Sev plooj is a type of apron. Characteristically, women usually wear the black and blue shirt and apron with pants in Laos and white skirts were reserved for special occasions or for burial.  Nowadays I see it worn with pants or skirts. The headdress is decorated with colorful pom poms and a siv ceeb is wrapped around the base.

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This traditional xauv consists of two separate rings and ties everything together.

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When I was younger, I used to complain about all the layers around the waist but now I appreciate the time and effort into making every piece. When wearing pants two aprons are worn with a shorter one in the back. Siv paj co, hlab nxtoo, and lastly tw siv with paj ntaub goes on top. I was always taught to wrap it so the paj ntaub peeks through.

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:Outfit Details:

Phuam Paj/ Phuam Daim Hlaws

Xauv

Hmong Sev Plooj Outfit with Pants

Siv paj co

Hlab nxtoo

Tw siv

Hlab nyiaj

: Brocade & Pleats :

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Even though the shirt and apron are made traditionally of black and blue fabric, with easier access to fabric there was a shift to using other colors and types of fabric.
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:Outfit Details:

Phuam Paj/ Phuam Daim Hlaws

Xauv

Hmong Sev Plooj Outfit

Crossroads by Nancy White Pleated Skirt

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:: Photography ::

Rosely Vue Photography

I collaborated with one of my favorite photographers  Rosely Vue for this blog post. She’s based in the Fresno/Clovis area and is willing to travel.

Thank you for reading! I plan on releasing a post for my Hmong outfit series once a month. Let me know in the comments if you would like videos on how to wear the outfits.