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Textile Tribes of Vietnam: Black Hmong Hemp & Indigo with My & Ker

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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. 


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Responsible Tourism: A Guide to Giving Back in Sapa

Ethical things to do in sapa

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.

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Red Dao Weddings, Ta Phin, Sapa

Red Dao Wedding Sapa

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.

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Homestay in Sapa with the Red Dao

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Looking for a great Sapa homestay experience? I have been to Sa Pa on 4 occasions and have spent many nights at Red Dao homes enjoying their cheery and welcoming hospitality. It is a great hands on opportunity to learn about hill tribe culture, customs and the traditional dress which they are so famously recognisable for.

But is a Sapa Homestay for you? Read on to hear my experience and look at the checklist below to help you make the most of you time in North Vietnam!

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Black Hmong Textiles in Sapa

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 In January 2014 I took a day trip from Sapa city to visit a secluded Black Hmong village where a 90 year old lady and her family are still handcrafting traditional clothes today. Made almost entirely from the natural landscape they live amongst, here I was able to participate in textiles workshops on traditional bees wax batik, natural dying from indigo plants and how to cultivate hemp fibre for fashion. 

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