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Hmong Arts and Crafts
The Hmong people are an ethnic group from the mountainous regions of China. Their history is somewhat difficult to trace but it is believed that they originated in the mountains of the Yellow River before migrating South in search of more arable land to farm. The Hmong people are now in Vietnam, Thailand and Laos as well as China.
The Hmong people are famous for their intricate textile art which comprises bold geometric patterns often in bright contrasting colours. Sub cultures of the Hmong people, not surprisingly, associate themselves with different patterns and techniques when it comes to their textile art designs. White Hmong are usually associated with reverse applique while the Green Hmong are more likely to be seen using batik.
As is common with many textile arts that have been handed down over the centuries, the Hmong designs are often referred to as story cloths, and represent stories from Hmong history and folklore handed down through the family.
The textile art and embroidery techniques are an important part of the Hmong people way of life and visitors can go to the Hmong villages to watch the work and children at work creating their intricate designs.
You can see the Hmong crafts and people in this video we took when we last visited Vietnam. It was a truly wonderful experience.
Hmong Textile Arts and Crafts
Colouricious are organising another trip to Vietnam in October and on this trip you will get the opportunity to visit a Hmong village and watch these wonderful fabrics being created. It is a truly wonderful thing to watch and experience and one that will create memories that will last a lifetime. If you are interested in joining us on our trip, then please visit our website and download the booking form. Send the form back to Colouricious and your place will be reserved on this wonderful trip. We would love for you to join us, we know that you will not be disappointed.