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Red Hmong, Vietnam

(Hmong, also known in Vietnam as Mieu Toc, Meo or Man Trang, in Thailand as Meo and Miao in China.  They are also present in Laos and Myanmar)

The Hmong are around the eighth largest minority group in Vietnam where they are also known as Meo, Man Trang and Mieu Toc. There are around 600,000 Hmong in Vietnam today. It depends who you read as to how the various groups of Hmong in Vietnam are described and identified. See Hmong in Vietnam for a short outline of some of the literature.  

The photos in this photogallery were taken in 1995 in a Hmong village in Lai Chau province on the road from Dien Bien Phu to the town of Lai Chau.  Following Michael C Howard & Kim Be Howard in "Textiles of the Highland Peoples of Northern Vietnam, Mon-Khmer, Hmong-Mien, and Tibeto-Burman" these Hmong may be identified as Red Hmong (see p171 photos taken in a Muang Lai District, Lai Chai province in 1996.) However, Joachim Schliesinger identifies a photo of a very similar woman in Lai Chau, Muong Muon district as a 'Striped Hmong woman' in 'Hill Tribes of Vietnam, Vol 2". His identification of 'Red Hmong' woman is very different indeed.

For photos of a Hmong group in Thailand whose costume is very similar indeed to the groups shown below see Green (Blue) Hmong, Thailand photogallery.  For photogalleries of other Hmong groups in Vietnam see Black Hmong and Flowery Hmong.

all text & images Pamela A Cross

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to Jpeg 36K Red Hmong boys riding a buffalo out of the village in Lai Chau province, northern Vietnam 9510g04.jpg

to Jpeg 29K Red Hmong boy sitting with the rice as it dries in a village in Lai Chau province, northern Vietnam 9510g05.jpg (428511 bytes)

to Jpeg 31K Red Hmong woman and child in a village in Lai Chau province, northern Vietnam 9510f33.jpg

to Jpeg 30K Indigo dyed hemp cloth hanging out to dry in a Red Hmong village in Lai Chau province, northern Vietnam 9510g03.jpg (366114 bytes)

to Jpeg 39K Red Hmong children looking out of a house in a village in Lai Chau province, northern Vietnam 9510g09.jpg

to Jpeg 37K Red Hmong village in Lai Chau province, northern Vietnam 9510g06.jpg

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to Jpeg 40K Red Hmong mother and children in a village in Lai Chau province, northern Vietnam 9510f32.jpg

to Jpeg 30K Red Hmong woman in a village in Lai Chau province, northern Vietnam 9510f30.jpg

to Jpeg 44KRed Hmong woman working (from the back) on the cross-stitch border of the bottom band of a new skirt similar to the one which she is wearing 9510f31.jpg

to Jpeg 45K Red Hmong woman's skirt in a village in Lai Chau province, northern Vietnam 9510f26.jpg

to Jpeg 54K Detail of Red Hmong (Lai Chau province, northern Vietnam) woman's skirt showing the waist gathering, applied strips of red fabric and small triangles to the top border and cross-stitch with applied floral rectangles in the bottom border 9510f27.jpg

to Jpeg 85K The 'welcoming party' - Red Hmong boys with slings on the road outside their village in Lai Chau province, northern Vietnam 9510f28.jpg

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to Jpeg 39K Red Hmong girl at play in a village in Lai Chau province, northern Vietnam 9510f34.jpg

to Jpeg 64K Red Hmong girl in a village in Lai Chau province, northern Vietnam 9510f35.jpg

to Jpeg 44K Red Hmong children in a village in Lai Chau province, northern Vietnam 9510F36 

to Jpeg 42K Spreading the rice out to dry in the sun in a Red Hmong village  Lai Chau province, northern Vietnam 9510g08.jpg

to Jpeg 34K A pot bellied pig in a Red Hmong village in Lai Chau province, northern Vietnam 9510g10.jpg

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For other Hmong in Vietnam see | Black Hmong | Flowery Hmong |
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