THE CO TU

For centuries, the Cơ Tu were wearing costumes made out of tree bark. They used 5 types of trees for their solid fiber. After removing the fresh bark, it was rigorously beaten to make it firmer, then soaked in a odoriferous mixture of water & spices for about 10 days, to both give it an aromatic fragrance and protect it from insects and finally let to dry for a month.

In march 2017, M. Bh’riu Liếc, representative of 94 Cơ Tu villages in Quảng Nam province came to my museum. After his visit, he admitted “being stunned that a foreigner is willing to preserve the heritage of Vietnam’s ethnic groups and very proud to have his culture represented at the Precious Heritage”. That day, he offered me a bark costume ; but it is only the following week, when I visited the Cơ Tu highland in Tây Giang district, that I found out that he gave me the last one available, making it a meaningful and priceless piece of the museum. Mr. Clâu Nâm, who posed in it, is 87 year old and the last person able to produce it, a knowledge passed on by his own father.

 

Population

61 588 people (Census 2009)

Location

Quang Nam, Hue province

Arrival

Indigenous to this area
 
THE THAI
THE HA NHI
THE PHU LA
THE DAO
THE LO LO
The Stieng
THE CHAM
THE RAGLAI
THE BRAU
THE KHMERS KROM