The H’Rê live in social units up to 100 families. I met the Hrê of the Quảng Ngãi province for the first time in 2013. Nobody I saw was wearing the traditional costume, it was only while I was driving back to Hội An, that I came across this woman, on the side of the road, dressed in the typical clothes.
I returned in 2016, specifically to explore the green surroundings of Ba Tơ. There, I only found one village where few local women are still making the dark indigo dress with the embroidered pattern. Although they currently work separately in their own home, they expressed the wish of having someday a communal house that they could use as a workspace to gather as well as pass on their knowledge. While visiting the different villages, I also had the feeling that very few foreigners have visited those places, and the children seemed a bit afraid seeing an unfamiliar face.