Akha Countries Dao Geisha Hmong Japan Karen Thailand Traditional Dress & Textiles Traditional Textiles Tribes Vietnam Posted on June 27, 2017
It doesn’t matter how often I travel or how much notice I get before hand, I always leave packing until the utter last minute. If you watched my live Facebook video today you will know that tomorrow I head off on a 9 day fashionable adventure around North Vietnam with Asia Plus to research my route for Haute Culture’s future hill tribe textile tours. Once again it’s the night before and I’m throwing stuff into a bag with as much consideration as a kid in a sweet store, but jokes/bareface reality aside, I thought you might like to know what I pack on my fashionable adventures around the world! Lets have a gander…
Akha Dao Hmong Traditional Dress Traditional Textiles Vietnam Posted on April 6, 2017
Vietnam’s Museum of Ethnology presents an outstanding collection of anthropological artifacts from Vietnam’s 54 ethnic minorities and it’s neighboring countries in South East Asia. Cultural costume, traditional textiles, handicrafts and tribal art are creatively curated indoors 2 buildings, along side an impressive display of life size ethnic houses and every day objects. Although the museums location is 20 minute taxi ride from the city center, the Museum of Ethnology is a must for any culture vulture and craft lover visiting the countries capital city and northern rural provinces.
Countries Traditional Dress Traditional Dress & Textiles Traditional Textiles Vietnam Posted on February 27, 2017
Located in the heart of Hanoi, the Vietnamese Women’s Museum is a modern memorial dedicated to showcasing the outstanding creative and political contributions Vietnamese women have made to society and culture. Textiles, fashion, stories, portraits and art made by Vietnam’s truly heroic and talented women are beautifully curated over four floors, making the museum a must see sight for anyone passionate about women’s studies.
Countries Dao Traditional Dress Traditional Dress & Textiles Traditional Textiles Tribes Vietnam Posted on May 31, 2016
Ta Phin is a Red Dao hill tribe village near the Chinese Vietnam boarder. Just a short 3 hour hike from the former French colonial town of Sapa, Ta Phin has become a popular tourist destination for it’s epic landscapes and ethnic minority encounters. It is impossible to walk by the village without seeing a abundance of scarlet clad sewers eagerly stitching their souvenirs to sell to passers by. January 2016 would be my 5th visit to Sapa from my home in Hanoi, only this time I would be taking the traditional textile techniques into my own hands by enrolling on a 1 day Red Dao ethnic embroidery class.
Countries Lao Lu Traditional Dress Traditional Dress & Textiles Traditional Textiles Tribes Vietnam Posted on May 24, 2016
Lao Lu people have many different names and live in a range of countries spanning South East Asia’s boarders, in Vietnam this decorative and resourceful Buddhist group reside in isolated and introverted villages found deep in the low lands near the mountains of Lai Chau province. Miles away from the nearest roads visiting the Lao Lu feels like you have stepped into a National Geographic postcard. Women can be seen weaving and wearing their traditional threads on a daily basis, smoke billows from chimneys on top of wooden stilt houses, and fields of corn crops blow lightly in the breeze against a back drop of forest clad highlands.
Countries Hmong Traditional Dress & Textiles Traditional Textiles Tribes Vietnam Posted on February 9, 2016
Hi everyone I would like to introduce My, a Black Hmong girl living at ETHOS – Spirit of the Community with her mum, and Ker, a tour guide at Ethos specialising in hemp and indigo cultivation. These two lovely ladies will be our teachers today, explaining and demonstrating how Hmong people still grow, weave and dye hemp fabric and indigo for their clothes.
The aim of these video demonstrations is to create a understanding of Hmong heritage, traceability and to encourage the future production of Hmong organic fabrics and fashion.
Countries Dao Guides Hmong Shopping Tribes Vietnam Vietnam Posted on February 2, 2016
With the vast majority of hill tribe minorities in Sapa formally uneducated and therefore unemployed I have put together a list of socially responsible and/or independent people and places to invest your precious cash and time with. I hope that this guide will give tourists more opportunity to make a conscious and caring choice when visiting Sapa.
Countries Hmong Traditional Dress & Textiles Traditional Textiles Tribes Vietnam Posted on January 25, 2016
Since ancient times Hmong people have used motifs and patterns to represent their daily life and culture on the designs of their textiles. No two jackets or skirts are the same as every garment is hand crafted to communicate a stage in the owners life.
Countries Dao Guides Hmong Tribes Vietnam Vietnam Posted on January 22, 2016
The coach door opens, “Where you go?? Whats your name?? Where you from?? You buy from me?? Where you stay?? You remember me, ok?? Why you not buy from me?? You come my homestay?? I see you later?? You buy from me later??”
Countries Dao Traditional Dress Traditional Dress & Textiles Traditional Textiles Tribes Vietnam Posted on January 17, 2016
In August 2015 I set off on my own self initiated tribal textiles tour of Ha Giang Province in North Vietnam. Known as home to 70% of Vietnams 54 registered ethnic minority groups, Ha Giang promised to be a eyeopening and electic adventure for any textiles ethuasist.
The majority of people touring this province are either free-spirited motorbikers or nature loving tourist groups. I was on a mission to make contact, see and try and learn about traditional dress and textiles of the enigmatic people living in these remote areas.
Countries Dao Traditional Dress Traditional Dress & Textiles Traditional Textiles Tribes Vietnam Posted on January 11, 2016
The Red Dao hill tribe population of Sapa are one subdivision of Dao people living in the highlands of North Vietnam. Red Dao women are considered the most skilled embroiders of all hill tribes. Their scarlet drenched ensembles are sophisticated examples of hand stitched cultural symbology and showcase generations of dedication to sewn storytelling. The Red Dao wedding dress is seen as the summit of success in a women’s sewing accomplishments. Mother and daughter are known spend up to 1 year making nothing else but a brand new ceremonial outfit in preparation for the big day.
Countries Hmong Traditional Dress Traditional Dress & Textiles Traditional Textiles Tribes Vietnam Posted on January 7, 2016
Bac Ha market is heavily populated with the colour clashing, pattern loving, bead encrusted, Flower Hmong hill tribe people of Vietnam. Women and girls of all ages are a sight of sore eyes sporting an almost psychedelic colour pallet of rainbow adorned cultural clothes that contrast against the drab concrete backdrop of the town. 2 1/2 hrs drive from Sapa makes Bac Ha market it a worthy destination for any textiles tourist traveling the Lai Chau and Lao Cai provinces.
Countries Lolo Traditional Dress Traditional Dress & Textiles Traditional Textiles Tribes Vietnam Posted on January 4, 2016
My ethnic travel adventures in the North of Vietnam unexpectedly introduced me to the Black Lolo hill tribe of Bao Lac. The Black Lolo (also know as the Lolo Den and Lolo Noir) reside high in the mountains surrounding the small town of Bao Lac in Cao Bang Province. The Black Lolo are identifiable by the black cultural clothes they wear from which their name derives. In August 2015 I motorbiked from Ha Giang to Bao Lac to research the cultural costume and textiles of some of the 54 ethnic minority groups that live in these rural areas. It was on this visit to the Lolo village that I began to question the ethics and responsibility of my research when visiting remote communities.
Countries Guides Shopping Vietnam Vietnam Posted on December 24, 2015
Dress by Lucy’s Dream
Want to skip the tourist traps and escape the city’s sweltering surge? Saigon has heaps of secret places to shop, amazing street art to see and an electric skyline to sip cocktails over in style. Throughout this post Haute Culture is going to introduce you to Saigon’s best kept secrets for a more sophisticated and savvy stay in Vietnam’s capital for commerce and contemporary culture.
Countries Traditional Dress & Textiles Traditional Textiles Trends Vietnam Posted on December 14, 2015
Conscious Clothing – Sustainable Textiles – Grow Local – Wear Global
Thao Vu, winner of the British Fashion Councils Young Creative Entrepeneur Award is the aspirational visionary designer behind the contemporary conscious clothing brand Kilomet 109.
Established in 2012, Kilomet 109 specialises in seamlessly merging simple yet sophisticated european silhouettes, traditional ethnic details and endangered natural dyeing techniques to create her own sustainable textiles range. The range is practically grown from seed to seam as Thao also owns organic cotton, indigo and hemp plantations employing Nung minority women to weave the natural fibers into her latest collections.
Countries Guides Shopping Vietnam Vietnam Posted on November 30, 2015