Updated: May 4
In Honor of Hmong Heritage Month, we would like to share a paper written by our President's daughter, Fayth Yang (10 yrs old).
What is Hmong you might ask? Well Hmong is an ethnic group from Asia. They originally migrated from China and into Laos and Thailand all over the world. In this article I will talk about the clothes/outfits, foods, and The Hmong New Year. You might also wonder why these topics, well because Hmong clothes/outfits are what symbolizes the Culture Region, food is not just used for eating, but for an offering to ancestors and spirits, and The Hmong New Year is for welcoming a new beginning. Please enjoy reading this article.
Hmong Clothes and Outfits
Hmong clothes/outfits are very unique: the patterns, the ways they are made, the style, colors, the hats, and the fabric. These are one of the unique ways Hmong clothes are made. There are no “Ugly” Hmong clothes. They are just very unique and different. Hmong clothes are very hard to make, take a long time to make, and require help from family. Why it takes so long to make them is because they don’t want to mess up on making the Hmong clothes and because it’s handmade. The fabric that makes the hmong clothes is called Hemp. The Hemp is what you need to weave and make Hmong clothes. Hemp is an important product in hmong clothes.
Techniques that are traditional in Hmong textiles are embroidery, appliqué, reverse appliqué, and batik. These techniques were passed down through generations of hmong women. Hmong embroidery is used as a form of decoration on clothing to make it bright and beautiful. Hmong embroidery includes bright colors like pinks, reds, greens, as well as blues, and is sometimes used to contrast with the colors of yellow and brown overlaid with white.