I met the woman in the photo at the incredibly vibrant Hoang Su Phi Market. This meeting was a wonderful and light-hearted experience. Her friends found the whole idea of me taking her photo rather comical and soon we were all in stitches from laughing so uncontrollably. Definitely a memorable moment.
Later, while looking around, I noticed a sea of women wearing the traditional costume. It is said that women here wear 12 different colored trousers to match each month of the year. Their traditional costume is made up of a subtly designed jacket accessorized with silver buttons, jewelry and intricate embroidery. It it said that the silver they wear isn’t only for aesthetic reasons, but that it’s also worn for the benefit of their health. Interestingly, they believe that silver is a thermometer that can measure epidemics. Each sub-group makes its costume with its own features but they all share the same indigo dyeing process.