THE BRU VAN KIEU
Translated into Vietnamese, Bru-Vân Kiều means “people living in the woods”. I was fortunate enough to visit this group from Quảng Trị province in early September 2016. On arrival, I was immediately enchanted by how peaceful and happy the village felt. The children rushed toward me, laughing and giggling, and ended up following me from house to house. When I asked about their language, I couldn’t find anyone there that wrote it.
Regarding their costumes, they told me that they usually only wear the skirt, which is made in Laos and then sold at the main city market of Lao Bảo, which is on the border. They say the top is too expensive to buy because sadly, no one in the village makes the traditional costume anymore. Like most women all over the world the Bru-Vân Kiều are no different in their love for jewellery, beaded bracelets and silk scarves.