Monday Indigo Blues -- Hmong dancer over clapping Bamboo
Explore #106 on Wednesday, March 4, 2009
During a recent outdoor festival for the lunar New Year that took place between the Hmong villages of Cat Cat and Sinh Chai, 3 km. from Sapa. Several hundreds of Hmong gathered for yet another celebration. A graceful Hmong woman in full holiday dress of shining brand new clothing, all dyed with Indigo Blue and beautifully hand embroidery, that took her many month to complete. You can still see some the indigo dye on her hands. The design on her sleeves and belt would indicate the village and region she comes from. It all looks beautiful to us, but the Hmong can tell instantly. When women meet, they always examine, compare and complement each other work.