The Flower of Hmong of Ta La Cao Village

Ta La Cao hamlet is conveniently situated on low-lying, fertile land near a dependable water source. Because of the area’s geographical features, the Flower Hmong, having benefited from high agricultural yields and a comfortable living, have inhabited Ta La Cao for time immemorial and all places in the area are referred to in their native language. Despite Ta La Cao’s accessibility and consequential influence from outsiders, the unique identities, culture and tradition of the Flower Hmong continue to thrive.

Traditionally, the Flower Hmong of Ta La Cao used an indigo-dyed, batiked hemp cloth out of which dress was tailored. Although batik has lost much of its popularity and despite the replacement of hemp with a lustrous black cloth available at the marketplace, the handwork to be found in appliqué and embroidery continues to retain its significance.

Women’s skirts often require six meters of pleated fabric that when worn contours the body. The main and most attractive section of the skirt – as trip running parallel to and a few centimeters from the hemline – is formed with several rich and vibrant red fabric bands on which plum, dark yellow and white appliqué and embroidery are infused. Appliquéd strips are separate from embroidered ones and consist of basic geometric shapes like the triangle.

Embroidered strips typically bare a sun motif. Once completed, the appliquéd and embroidered strips are alternately attached to the skirt interchanging six to eight times.

Assistance provided by Craft Link in the areas of product development and marketing has raised the optimism of this Flower Hmong group who hold the belief that the proliferation of their identity through handicraft is essential to community preservation in the modern era.

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