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Textile Tribal Art Vietnam

Textile Tribal Art

Vietnamese Hmong women continuing to wear ‘traditional’ clothing usually create much of their clothing using ‘ready to wear’ cotton (as opposed to traditional hemp) from markets, although some add embroidery for a personal touch. In SaPa, now with a ‘standardised’ clothing look, Black Hmong sub-groups have differentiated themselves by adopting different headwear; those with a large comb embedded in their long hair (but without a hat) call themselves Tao, those with a pillbox hat name themselves Giay, and those with a checked headscarf are Yao. For many, such as Flower Hmong, the heavily beaded skirts and jackets are manufactured in China. The Hmong people 

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Origin of the Red Dao

The Red Dao people originated from China and migrated to Vietnam starting around the 12th or 13th century and continuing until the early 20th century. The majority migrated into Vietnam during the Minh dynasty, due to drought and failed crops in China.


Overtime, the Dao people in China were divided into small groups and they migrated to different places, with some of them coming to Vietnam. During the migration, the different groups incorporated some cultural practices of other nations, creating new, diverse Dao cultures, this is notable within their clothing and textiles – of which you will be able to see on our Colouricious textile holidays. However, the different groups still maintain a common Dao identity, as they have the same origins and continue to share a common language.

Come on a Colouricious textile holiday to Vietnam

Learn more about our Colouricious textile holiday to Vietnam.

Colouricious hosts many different wonderful textile holidays – check out Colouricious textile holidays.

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The response to our new Free Delivery offer of buying three items, has proved to be very popular. So much so that we have decided to keep it running for a while longer so you can get exactly what you want. Just buy three items and you won’t pay a penny for delivery wherever you are in the world!


Be creative with your textiles
It’s great fun and you can make some wonderful things


The beautiful thing about textiles is that with a little imagination and a few tips and ideas you can make some super items that can be gifts for others or just for you to use as and when required. There is a huge list of things we can make with our block printed fabrics, and there are lots of tips and ideas on the Colouricious website to show you just how to use what you have printed and turn it into a beautiful project.
The video below is on our website and shows you how to make lovely tissue box covers. We also have a video on the same page how to make a sleep mask, and you don’t have to look too far before you can find other tutorials how to make loads of other items.
How to make a tissue box cover

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Watch and learn – why not take a look and give it a go, I am sure you will be delighted with the outcome.


Come to India on us!
You still have time to enter


Our super competition is still running and you have time to enter either for the first time or again to increase your chances of winning. Just buy any of the competition sets of blocks from those listed on our website and you will get an entry into the competition to win a place on one of our Textile Holidays to India. It really is a no-lose competition because even if you don’t win you will have a wonderful set of blocks to use on your next craft project.

Take a look at the blocks and choose the set you like the best. Buy the set and you are automatically entered into the draw. If you choose two more items you want then you will also get free delivery!


Fabric Paints
Brighten up your craft projects with our gorgeous colours


These Colouricious Fabric Paints are our favourite textile paints. The colours are strong and vibrant and easy to apply. They come in a soft squeeze bottle so nothing gets wasted in the bottom. The paint squeezes easily out of the nozzle and has a very long shelf life. What we also love is that this fabric paint is easy to fix – simply iron the fabric as hot as the fabric will bear and then your fabric can be washed up to 40 degrees and your design will stay permanent. A little tip if you have a tumble dryer – you can put your fabric into the tumble dryer for five minutes and that will also set your paint to permanent. This professional grade Colouricious fabric paint is water based – that means that when it is dry, it does not sit on top of the fabric, making it stiff and crispy. The paint soaks around the fibres and keeps them soft so the handle of the fabric is not compromised at all.
When your fabric paint bottles are empty use them to dye your own fabric. Simply top up the empty bottle with water, give it a shake and then splash it over some fabric to dye it. Simply leave to dry and heat set with an iron.

We have added loads of new colours in lots of different sizes as well, so take a look at our website to find your favourite. I am sure there will more than one colour that catches your eye!


Latest Arrivals
Lovely little sets for you to be creative with


You know by now that we are always adding to our Latest Arrivals page, but I just wanted to show you a very cute set we have just got in which I think is beautiful and would make a lovely design on a gift for a fellow stitcher. The sewing machine is incredibly detailed and complements the very skilfully carved scissors and thread. Sometime when I receive the blocks from my team in India, I can hardly believe that they are hand carved. If you like this set, then it is called “Little Sew and Sew” and you can purchase it here.


Learn, Create, Be Happy!

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Embroidery Village in Dalat – Vietnam Holidays

Embroidery Village in Dalat

Dalat is a small and charming village found in Vietnam. Dalat’s surrounding countryside is covered by lakes, waterfalls and evergreen forests.

Local products include silk, embroidery designs, garden vegetables and flowers which are sold all over southern Vietnam. This makes Dalat perfect for those who love textiles and crafts, where you can shop for beautiful crafts on your Vietnam holidays with Colouricious textile tours!

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The city’s population is made up of about 5000 members of hill tribes. Traditional dress can even be spotted in the market places, with beautiful embroidery. Hill-tribe women of Dalat carry their children on their backs in a long piece of cloth worn over one shoulder and tied in the front. 

Also known as ‘The City of Eternal Spring’, Dalat’s temperature can vary between 15°C (average daily minimum) to 24°C (average daily maximum). Dalat has a dry and a wet season – dry occurs form December to March and wet falls from April to November. But not to worry! Even in the wet season, mornings normally remain dry, leaving time for shopping and other leisurely activities on your Vietnam holidays before the downpour begins.

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Find out more about Dalat.

Learn more about our Colouricious textile holiday to Vietnam.

Colouricious hosts many different wonderful textile holidays – check out Colouricious textile holidays.

Sewing Kantha Embroidery Stitch – Colouricious Textile Holiday

Kantha Stitch 

Kantha Stitch is a sewing technique used to create beautiful patterns and intricate details in embroidery and produce beautiful patterns and designs. This sewing technique is used amongst India to create Kantha quilts and it is hand stitching embroidery technique. Learn all about this and more in a Colouricious Textile Holiday. You will witness the women in India hand sew and embellish beautiful fabric pieces used as Kantha sprees and Kantha quilts. You will enjoy the company of like-minded people enjoying a creative and inspiring textile holiday learning about different hand printing and sewing techniques that you will then explore yourselves.

Kantha Stitch – Embroidery Designs with Indian Block Printing

Stencil Textile Art Design – Group Fabric Workshop

Stencil Textile Design

Learn the art of stencil textile design in a Colouricious textile art workshop, combining Colouricious fabric paints with stencils to create beautiful fabric designs. This is all achieved in a Colouricious textile art workshop whilst enjoying arts and crafts with like minded people in a fulfilled workshop, printing your own fabric and creating beautiful designs. Stencil textile art design gives gorgeous outcomes and creates simply amazing results on your fabric. Stencil textile design is an art that is easy to do, and gives great results! You will create beautiful designs and you will enjoy your day at your Colouricious textile art workshop.

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