THE PA THEN
Finding this village was definitely one of my more challenging. After walking for what felt like an eternity and crossing a river by foot, I eventually came across a school. There I found a teacher and asked her to help me find the chief of the village. I was so pleased to meet him and was even more surprised and delighted when his wife, Xìn Thi Hương, offered to pose in her full traditional costume for me.
Pà Thẻn women take a long time to get dressed because the full costume is so elaborate. It took Xìn Thi Hương almost 30 minutes just to roll the hat itself, something that I had never seen before. The belt which the women wear has 8 clusters, representing their 8 native family lines. This costume is unfortunately not made or obtainable in this area anymore.