THE HMONG

My first trip to Sapa, in 2012, was a memorable experience and I’ve been back 10 times since. H’Mông traditions are strongly embedded in this culture with sewing skills passed down through generations. These days, H’Mông hotspots like Sapa have become popular tourist destinations and most locals understand the opportunities tourism offer. This new influx of income has transformed and diversified the H’mong way of life. One of the specificities of this culture comes from the traditional costume that continues to evolve over time, unlike those of other ethnic groups that have remained unchanged for at least a decade. H’Mông girls learn to make their costumes from the age of 7. Each one of them is made from hemp then dyed with indigo before undergoing hours of custom embroidery. This constant evolution gives hope for a more peaceful future for this culture, while other ethnic groups tend to disappear. Hang Thi Dinh, the woman on the picture, is 92 years old, but when I met her in May 2018, I got the impression that she talked and moved with the enthusiasm and the sense of humour of a young girl full of life! An extraordinary encounter.

 

Population

1068189 people (Census 2009)

Location

Ha Giang, Lao Cai, Lai Chau and other Provinces

Arrival

In the late 18th Century
 
THE FLOWER HMONG
THE PHU LA
THE LA HU
THE LA CHI
THE O DU
THE COR
THE CHAM
THE EDE
THE BRU VAN KIEU
THE HRE