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Red Dzao woman - Vietnam

Red Dzao women shave off their eyebrows and foreheads as this is traditionally regarded as a sign of beauty. They wear bright red turbans. The wealth of the family is indicated by the amount of silver jewels she wears. They are famous for their embroidery skills. Many live in Taphin (or Ta Phin) village, not far from Sapa.

I met the same traditions i the Lan Taen tribe in Laos, but they wear blue clothes.

The Dao or Dzao are the 9th largest ethnic group in Vietnam with a population of 500,000. They belong to the Hmong Dao language group and are believed to have started migrating from China in the 13th century.


© Eric Lafforgue


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Taken on February 2, 2011