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(Hmong, known in Thailand as Meo, in Vietnam as Hmong, Mieu Toc, Meo or Man Trang and Miao in China)

There are two major branches of the Hmong (or Meo as they are called by the Thai) in Thailand - the Hmong Deaw (White Hmong) and the Mong Njua (literally Green Mong but commonly called the Blue Hmong). Both are sub-groups of the Miao people, the majority of whom live in China.  There have been periodic migrations from China.  By the end of the 19th century several Hmong villages had been established in Thailand.  The photos here were taken in December 1988 in the north of Thailand.  A few were shot in Mae Hong Son province and the remainder near Chiang Mai at two villages - one on Doi Suthep and the other on the road between Chiang Mai and Fang. 

See the Red Hmong, Vietnam Photo gallery for photos of a closely related group in Vietnam.

all text & images Pamela A Cross

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to Jpeg 26K Blue Hmong family at the 'fish pool' near Mae Hong Son 8812k08

to Jpeg 29K Blue Hmong boy carrying a baby in a baby-carrier on his back in a village on Doi Suthep 8812l01

to Jpeg 37K  8812K02  Blue Hmong family near Mae Hong Son
to Jpeg 33K Blue Hmong women and children chatting and sewing in a village along the road from Chiang Mai to Fang 7712n31

to Jpeg 25K Blue Hmong boy walking through Wat Doe Suthep 8812l24

to Jpeg 32K Blue Hmong woman and boy sorting red beans at a village along the road between Chiang Mai and Fang 8812n36

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to Jpeg 34K Blue Hmong boy in a village on Doi Chiang Dao along the road from Chiang Mail to Fang 8812n32

to Jpeg 24K Blue Hmong little girl in a village on Doi Chiang Dao along the road from Chiang Mai to Fang 8812n34

to Jpeg 24K Blue Hmong little boy in a village on Doi Chiang Dao along the road from Chiang Mail to Fang 8812o02
to Jpeg 38K Blue Hmong young girl and boy in a village on Doi Suthep above Chiang Mai 8812l12

to Jpeg 40K Blue Hmong boy's jacket hanging out to dry in a village on Doi Chiang Dao along the road from Chiang Mai to Fang 8812o01

to Jpeg 44K Blue Hmong children playing in a village on Doi Suthep above Chiang Mai 8812l11

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to Jpeg 29K Blue Hmong woman sewing on applique possibly to a young man's jacket 8812l14

to Jpeg 35K Back view of a Blue Hmong woman showing collar, sash and skirt 881200a

to Jpeg 32K Blue Hmong woman drawing up a skirt into gathers in a village on Doi Chiang Dao on the road from Chiang Mai to Fang 8812n29

to Jpeg 39K Blue Hmong woman applying wax to a piece of cotton fabric for a skirt (before dyeing with indigo) 8812n30A

to Jpeg 47K Blue Hmong skirt hanging out to dry in a village on Doi Chiang Dao on the road from Chiang Mai to Fang 8812n27A

to Jpeg 26K Blue Hmong woman sewing on triangles to bottom border for a skirt in a village on Doi Suthep above Chiang Mai 8812l03

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to Jpeg 36K Blue Hmong woman dressed in all her finery in a village on Doi Suthep above Chiang Mai 8812l05

to Jpeg 39K Blue Hmong woman sewing applique in front of an array of clothing 8812l16A

to Jpeg 35K Blue Hmong mother and children crossing a slit bamboo bridge near the 'fish cave' close to Mae Hong Son

 

See the Red Hmong, Vietnam photogallery for photos of a closely related group in Vietnam

 

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