Hmong women weave costumes anytime, anywhere

First in Sapa Vietnam, they harvest the flax plant home and dry it, the flax needs to be exposed to the sun for 3 to 4 days and dew for at least 2 nights. Then the bark of the flax tree is stripped into small strands, pounded until soft and then joined together in a very meticulous way. The process of joining the flax fibers is quite important to make the fabric strong and not reveal the joints. Add a few more steps like putting on the reel one more time before putting it on the reel. After that, the flax fiber also goes through the stages of incubation, steaming … to get the white color and the necessary toughness and softness. Next, the women will use looms to weave the flax fiber into coarse cloths about 40-50cm wide.

The next stage is the quintessence of traditional Hmong weaving in Sapa Vietnam, which is the step of drawing patterns with beeswax on linen. The skillful hands of skilled craftsmen use special drawing tools and molten beeswax to create unique textures. Beeswax is a special material, after painting, the indigo color will not absorb. into the fabric, keeping the original white color of the linen. And after the fabric is painted with beeswax flowers, dyed with indigo and boiled again with hot water, at this time the beeswax will peel off and reveal beautiful, vivid patterns and also contain many cultural values. cultivate the spirit of the Mong people on it.

The main patterns on the costumes of the Mong people such as circles, squares, triangles, spirals, etc. Besides that, the Mong people also put up pumpkin flowers on their collars or belts because squash is a food associated with the people. Their daily lives, Or the skillful hands of women also draw and embroider on looms, anise flowers, birds and animals… Things that have been closely associated with the H’mong people for generations. now. After creating fabrics with typical indigo colors and traditional motifs, the Mong people will use their own technique of stitching fabrics to create costumes. Skillful hands continue to use colored thread to embroider on pre-drawn motifs, or unleash creativity according to their rich imagination. Visitors come to Sa Pa National Tourist Area, participate in various activities. The tour to visit the villages of Cat Cat, Sin Chai, Ta Phin, Hang Da … will be introduced, learn and witness firsthand the production stages of traditional costumes of the Mong people in Sapa Vietnam.

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