THE LA CHI
The La Chí are very skilled and resourceful. The women are very good at threading, weaving, dyeing and embroidery. Men are excellent builders and make household items from rattan and bamboo. La Chí houses are usually built on stilts and are surrounded by thick clay walls. The La Chí traditional costume is simple and elegant. I was a little surprised when I didn’t see that many women wearing the costumes in the village. These days, it’s not very common either to see men wearing their full costumes, but that was not the case of 78 year old Lùng Leo Phố, the man in the photo. He was making water pipes and was very friendly to me.
I was quite overwhelmed by the general openness and warmth in the village when I was invited to meet another family. They were so proud to show off their home and even showed me the indigo dyeing process which is still very much a part of their culture today.