Crafts of the Hmong Women (batik & embroidery)

(posting from July 12th 2014)

Etienne and I travelled to northern Vietnam’s Sapa region. We explored and hiked through the picturesque rice paddy fields weaving through the Hmong villages. Our hiking guide Lang introduced us to Hmong craftswomen who were spinning their own hemp and creating beautiful batiks using beeswax and indigo dye. The desired pattern for their batik work is drawn with beeswax onto the cloth with a metal tool, then later dipped in the dye.

I bought some freshly woven hemp and a tool to try this out when I return to Canada. Stay tuned for this 🙂


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Hmong women batik work
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Weaving the hemp on the loom.
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Hemp plants.
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Rolled hemp.
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A wonderful visit with a Hmong craftwoman.
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Weaving the hemp on the loom.
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Indigo dye.
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Indigo leaves steeping.
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Indigo gardens.
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Freshly dyed hemp fabric.
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Etienne & I in Sapa, Vietnam

Beautiful hand-stitched embroidery is another impressive talent of the Hmong women.

The Hmong women are known for their embroidery.  The main stitches used here are chain stitch and cross stitch.

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