Vietnam is a multi-ethnic country with 54 ethnic minorities. Many of their traditional costumes are beautiful and creatively crafted. Now, let’s discover top most beautiful dresses of six different hill tribes below!
Flower Hmong (Bac Ha)
The costume of Flower Hmong’s women can even give Anna Dello Russo a big profit with their vivid style and clashing color combinations. The dress of this ethnic groups is such a contrary fashion combination of both modern, innovative mass-produced materials with traditional craftsmanship. The costumes cover children and women in a colorful kaleidoscope from their head to toe with the neon beaded fringe, hand embroidery, and heavy pinstripe applique.
Black Lolo (Bao Lac, Cao Bang Province)
These ethnic groups often live in wooden stilt houses in the mountainous region of Vietnam. They are distinguishable by the black color of their cultural costumes. Their dresses are usually appliqued with green, pink and yellow ribbons sewn into geometric symbolic patterns and strips.
Lolo (Lung Cu)
Wearing Western styles clothes every day makes this ethnic group indistinguishable from typical Vietnamese people. However, in a few times of the year, on special occasions, they celebrate by wearing the most decorative and elaborate outfits that can be imaginable. A great labor intensive diversity of textile techniques are used in this wonderfully cultural costume such as buttons, ribbons, tassels, embroidery, applique, etc.
Flower Lolo (Meo Vac, Ha Giang Province)
The cultural costumes of Flower Lolo are hand appliqué with nearly four-thousand-rainbow colored triangles. It often takes about two hours to sew five triangles, thus, completing a single dress may take up to one year. Because daughters or their mothers have to spend a lot of time to sew, these clothes are only worn on the most important occasions of the tribe.
In the spiritual ceremonies of Viet Kinh devotees, they utilize a lurching 57 costumes while worshipping Gods of Four Worlds. Linking the mythical stories of sorcery and legends into the outfit, one of the gods would come to the Earth and then, possesses the spirit of the one wearing the costume. Generally, the temple chooses a very special person to play this role. An interesting fact is that the man will provide vessel for female gods while woman embodies the male.
Red Dao’s costumes
The cultural costumes of Red Dao usually contrast with the green color of rice paddy fields that they cultivate. Generally, their outfits are decorated with white and red borders, and their trousers are complexly embroidered with unique motifs of animist symbology and family life, especially, their headdresses are embellished with tassels, coins, and silver studs.
Do you love the tribal textiles? Have you been to Vietnam and see any of those tribes? Which is your favorite one? I would like to hear all from you. Please comment below to any inspirational websites about cultural textiles and costumes of Vietnam!