Hmong Outfit Series :: Black Hmong Sapa

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

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:: 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. 

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:: 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 fabric. Afterwards the fabric is dyed with indigo giving a very dark appearance. Some jackets look shiny because they are covered with beeswax. 

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:: 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. 

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:: Outfit Details ::

Hmong Leng Sapa Jacket / Tsho

Hmong Leng Sapa Vest

Shorts 

Belt

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. 

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:: Photography ::

Alexandria Castrovillari

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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 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…

 

Hmong Outfit Series :: Hmong Leng Yen Bai

Hmong Leng Yen Bai

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.

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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 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. 

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:: Skirt ::

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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.

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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.

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:: 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.

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:: Outfit Details ::

Hmong Leng Yen Bai Shirt / Tsho & Apron / Sev

Belt / Hlab

Skirt ( 38 X 17)

Leg Wrap / Nrhoob

Hat/ Phuam

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:: Photography ::

Alexandria Castrovillari 

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.

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Hmong Outfit :: Red Appliqué & Zig Zags

Hmong Leng Sam Neua

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. 

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:: 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.

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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.

 

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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. 

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:: 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.

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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.

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Maybe when I wear this outfit next year, I’ll take the time to put my hair up in a large hair bun.

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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.

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:: Outfit Details ::

Hmoob Leng Sam Neua Outfit

Sash/ Hlab 

Hmong Skirt/ Tiab (38 X 18)

Leg Wrap / Nrhoob

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:: Photography ::

Uncle Sai Photography

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 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!

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Hmong Outfits Series :: Paj Ntaub Cog Ci

Hmong Clothes Paj Ntaub Cog Ci

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.

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Photographer:: Tou Yang

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.

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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.

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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.

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:: Outfit Details ::

Sequin Outfit

Phuam

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

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:: Photography ::

Sweet Capture Photography

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.

Hmong Outfit Series :: Hmoob Moos Pheeb

Moos Pheeb Hmong Outfit

 Hi, Everyone! Are you excited for Hmong New Year??? As I finish more and more projects, I’m getting restless. I have so many outfits and not enough days to wear them! I try to placate myself with telling myself that there is always next year. Today, I am featuring a type of Hmong Leng outfit specifically Hmoob Moos Pheeb as part of my Hmong Outfit Series. I made the shirt, apron, and hat for this outfit, the rest of the pieces I bought.
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:: Hmoob Moos Pheeb ::

Hmoob Moos Pheeb live in Central Laos. Moos Pheeb or Muang Pheng is a city that is located in modern day Xaisomboun province. In the past, Muang Pheng was in Xieng Khouang Province  close to the the border of the Vientiane province.

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There are two main types of headwraps that they wear-a black wrap or one with multiple siv ceeb.  Nowadays, the siv ceeb type is made into a ready to wear hat. Sometimes triangle shaped pieces of embroidery are attached to the back of the hat. I attempted to make my own hat for this outfit and I think I used about 13 layers of siv ceeb. I’ll admit it took me a couple of attempts to make it and it’s definitely worth buying. I just like trying to figure out how to make it.

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The shirt is similar to that of the Hmong Leng of Sayaboury with the dab tsho sewn face down. I opted to sew mine facing up because I wanted a some variation in my collection.  Hmong Moos Pheeb tend to wear their shirt so that the rows of appliqué shows. However, the sleeve length and width vary. I’ve seen longer tapered sleeves with a small cuff or wide short sleeves with a larger cuff. The cuff tends to be a dark blue.

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:: Xauv Ncais ::

In the past Hmong outfit series posts, the outfits I featured wear paired with a different type of xauv. Xauv that varied from 1 to 5 rings. My favorite xauv are the original 2-3 layer xauv from the Luang Prabang and and Sayaboury region of Laos. Tapered, round, and hollow – the torques are beautiful.  Hmoob Moos Pheeb pair their outfits with xauv ncais. This type of silver necklace can be simple or more elaborate decorated with different links and ornaments. The xauv ncais that I am wearing in the photo is an old traditional xauv. This xauv has a higher percentage of silver than the xauv that are currently being sold today. Presently, xauv are made of brass and silver and this is commonly referred to as “silver 2.” One benefit is that they are lighter and easier to wear.

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:: Moob Naav Tab Laab ::

This group of Hmong is sometimes referred to as “hmoob hnav tiab liab/ moob naav tab laab” (Hmong that wear red skirts). Hmoob Moos Pheeb wear a skirt with rows of red or pink appliqué on the middle of the skirt in between spaces in the batik design. Criss cross appliqué adorn the top of the middle section of the skirt followed by alternating straight lines and zig zags.

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The bottom of the skirt or  taw tiab/ taab tab consists of cross stitch embroidery – usually orange, pink, and white thread and some appliqué. Typically, green lines are appliqued along the taab tab. Additionally, the very bottom of the skirt is white and lacks appliqué. I love collecting and investing in Hmong skirts.  A single skirt consists of 5-6 yards of fabric! Just imagine the amount of time it takes to make one skirt. Honestly, if I spend my time making one I would never sell it. Traditionally, this outfit pairs with leg wraps/ nrhoob. Unfortunately, my nrhoob didn’t arrive on time for my shoot.

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:: Outfit Details ::

Hmoob Moos Pheeb Shirt/ Tsho & Apron/ Sev

Silver Necklace/ Xauv Ncais (old)

Sash/ Hlab (old)

Hmong Skirt/ Tiab (42 X 19.5)

Hat/ Phuam Siv Ceeb

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:: Photography ::

Nancy Vang

Thank you for reading! A lot of you have been waiting to see my finished paj ntaub cog ci outfit. I plan on sharing that outfit next and followed by my sequin princess hat or tutorial. While finishing up my outfits, I’ve been trying to make a men’s shirt. Once I have my pattern down I’ll share a picture tutorial with you all. Most likely, I’ll make myself a men’s shirt. Crop tops are in right? Let me know in the comments if you would be interested in learning how to make a men’s shirt.

*Outfit details pertains to my outfit, and the links provided are from sellers that I personally purchased from.

 

Hmong Outfit Series :: Hmong Leng Sayaboury

Hmong Leng Sayaboury Outfit

Hi, Everyone!  I can’t believe Hmong New Year celebrations have already started in California! I can’t wait to dress up and browse the stalls. Usually, I spend most of my time shopping. Today, I am featuring Hmong Leng Sayaboury as part of my Hmong Outfit Series. Previously, I featured the White Hmong of Sayaboury.

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:: Hmong Leng Sayaboury ::

Hmong Leng and White Hmong of Sayaboury share some similarities in the way they dress such as their head wrap and xauv. They wear xauv that consists of separate rings. Pictured is a modern five layer xauv.

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Hmong Leng Sayaboury wear a black shirt with short blue cuff on their tapered long sleeves. The cuff is usually about an inch. Appliqué runs down the front of the shirt opening, but it is usually folded over so that only the lining and needlework shows. The dab tsho is also sewn face down on the back of the shirt.

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I’ll admit that this shirt was a little difficult for me at first to wrap my head around as I’m so used to making White Hmong shirts. The dab tsho is attached differently.  Also, I was a little confused about attaching the handmade appliqué pieces that I bought for the front of the shirt. Usually, the lining of the shirt is blue and the appliqué is done directly on the shirt fabric. However, I’m not that great at appliqué and it’s quite tedious. I ended up piecing it together my way.  At least it looks traditional.

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They wear a black sev that consists of three sections and a pink or red sash that is either separate or directly attached to the sev. Like other Hmong Leng groups in Laos, they wear leg wraps or nrhoob. White Hmong don’t wear leg wraps anymore as they transitioned to pants.  Deceased White Hmong women are still dressed in leg wraps with their white skirt. The leg wraps are wrapped inwards for the living, and wrapped outwards for the dead. I didn’t grow up wearing leg wraps, occasionally I would opt for leg warmers because I tend to forget the right way to wrap.

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:: Moob Naav Tab Dlub::

Hmong Leng speak a different dialect than White Hmong, and it usually throws me off, even the written language is slightly different. This group of Hmong are typically referred to as “hmoob hnav tiab dub/ moob naav tab dlub” (Hmong that wear black skirts)  or shortened to “hmoob dub/moob dlub (Black Hmong). However this term “hmoob dub” isn’t exclusive to this group and is slightly misleading. It mostly refers to skirt which isn’t really black but a dark indigo from the dye. The indigo dye can permanently stain fingers and hands. 

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Unlike other groups of Hmong Leng in Laos, the Hmong Leng of Sayaboury still keep the middle of the skirt or ntu tiab /nthus tab free of ribbons and appliqué. This allows them to show off their exquisite batik skills.  The bottom of the skirt or taw tiab / taab tab consists of cross stitch embroidery – usually orange, red, pink, and white thread is used and some pink appliqué runs along the width of the skirt. Lastly, the very bottom of the skirt is white without any appliqué on top.

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:: Outfit Details ::

Hmong Leng Sayaboury Shirt/ Tsho & Apron/ Sev

Silver Necklace/Xauv

Sash/ Hlab (old)

Hmong Skirt/ Tiab (41 X 20)

Hat/ Phuam Paj (old)

:: Photography ::

Nancy Vang

Thank you for reading! I can’t wait to wear this outfit for Hmong New Year. I’m probably going to switch out the hat with the blue one that I made for a past tutorial and pair it with a blue sash since my favorite color happens to be blue. Still debating on whether or not to wear leg wraps to New Year. Don’t forget to follow and share the blogpost!

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:: Special Thanks ::

I would like to thank Nancy for taking the time to take photos for this blog post and for a future upcoming blog post. Not only that, thank you Ka Vang for modeling for this series as well.

*Outfit details pertains to my outfit, and the links provided are from sellers that I personally purchased from.

 

Hmong Outfit Series :: Colorful Appliqué & Flower Hmong

DSC_0073edit-copy-683x1024 Hmong Outfit Series :: Colorful Appliqué & Flower Hmong Hmong Outfit Series Happy, Thursday everyone!! In this photo, I am wearing a Flower Hmong outfit from the Lao Cai province in Vietnam. After seeing pictures of this outfit from markets in Bac Ha, I fell in love.The long circle skirt consists of batik replica fabric, cross-stitch embroidery, and rows of appliqué. I felt like a princess covered in a kaleidoscope of colors prancing around in the forest. Traditionally Flower Hmong wear a colorful headscarf, but I couldn’t find one I liked so I opted to DIY some hair accessories to add a little silver to the outfit since they wear very minimal accessories.

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:: Flower Hmong ::

The shirt has rows of machine applique  along the arms and around the yoke of the skirt. Usually frog clasp or zippers close the front of the shirt. This Flower Hmong shirt pattern is different from the previous outfits that I featured as part of my Hmong Outfit Series. It’s similar to the Hmong Chinese shirts with  standing mandarin collar. Sometimes the bottom of the yoke is decorated with ribbon, decorative trims, and beads. This type of shirt lacks a dab tsho.

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Flower Hmong wear long skirts that usually end mid-calf or ankle. The top of the skirt consists of batik print fabric to mimic batik. The middle consists of cross-stitch embroidery with orange, yellow, and white thread and colorful rows of applique. Each row is thin about 2 mm. The very bottom of the skirt is a more velveting material in a contrasting color. DSC_0147-edit-copy-683x1024 Hmong Outfit Series :: Colorful Appliqué & Flower Hmong Hmong Outfit Series
I’ve seen the Flower Hmong wear either two short aprons with one in the front and back or one longer apron in the front. Presently they wear colorful headscarf, but in the past they wore a headwrap.

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:: Outfit Details ::

Flower Hmong Outfit

As Hmong New Year is approaching, I’m constantly rearranging my Hmong clothes and hastily finishing projects. I’m spoiled in the sense that I dislike rewearing the same exact outfit from the year before. I don’t mind wearing the same style just not the same exact outfit. What are you planning on wearing to Hmong New Year? 

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:: Photography ::

Victoria Chang Photography 

:: Xauv Giveaway ::

Thank you for reading! I hit 300 likes on Facebook and currently holding a little xauv giveaway. The winner will receive a male xauv! To enter, like my page, share my post on Facebook, comment what you are planning on wearing to Hmong New Year, and tag 3 friends. The giveaway will close in a week on Friday, October 12th.

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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.DSC_0549edit-1024x731 Hmong Outfit Series :: Hmong Leng Thailand Hmong Outfit Series

:: 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 

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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