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Yao (Mien)

(the Yao call themselves Mien and are also known in Vietnam as Dao, Zao, Man, Mien, Trai, Xa, Dong; in China as Yao)

The Yao (Mien) in Thailand all speak a similar dialect and wear the same style of clothing.  They originated in southern China and migrated to Thailand around 150 years ago, mainly from Laos.  Most of their villages are close to the Laotian boarder around Chiang Rai and Nan.  The same ethnic group is found in China (Yunnan), Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos.   There is a close similarity between the embroidered trousers and style of jackets of the women of the Dao in Vietnam (Red Dao) and the Yao (Mien) in Thailand.  All the photos here were taken in northern Thailand, mainly in a village near to Chiang Rai and two in the night market in Chiang Mai.

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all text & images Pamela A Cross

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to Jpeg 39 K Looking down onto a Mien (Yao) village in the hills around Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand 8812q01

to Jpeg 37K Yao man smoking a waterpipe in a village in the hills around Chiang Rai 8812q21.jpg
to Jpeg 38K Yao old woman walking up into the village in the hills around Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand 8812q25.jpg

to Jpeg 26K A Yao young girl and boy playing together 8812q06.jpg

to Jpeg 24K The road through a Yao village in the hills around Chiang Rai 8812q29.jpg
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to Jpeg 27K Large earthenware pots holding indigo dye liquid in a Yao village in the hills around Chiang Rai 8812q11.jpg

to Jpeg 30K Lengths of indigo dyed fabric drying in the sun in a Yao village in the hills around Chiang Rai 8812q07.jpg
to Jpeg 24K Yao women sitting in the sun working on their embroidery in a village in the hills around Chiang Rai 8812q27.jpg

to Jpeg 43K A Yao woman in a village in the hills around Chiang Rai 8812q30.jpg

to Jpeg 37K A Yao woman working on her embroidery in a village in the hills around Chiang Rai 8812q10.jpg

to Jpeg 30K An old Yao woman in a village in the hills around Chiang Rai 8812q22.jpg

to Jpeg 32K A Yao woman winding her embroidery thread in a village in the hills around Chiang Rai 8812q12.jpg

to Jpeg 25K An old Yao lady - she said she was in her eighties - sitting in the sun sewing 8812q18.jpg

to Jpeg 22K An old Yao lady - she said that she was in her eighties - in a village in the hills around Chiang Rai 8812q17.jpg

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to Jpeg 19K A Yao grandfather and his grandchild peering out from the darkness of a house 8812q26.jpg

to Jpeg 30K Inside a Yao house, showing the hearth, in a village in the hills around Chiang Rai 8812q13.jpg

to Jpeg 22K Yao children playing inside a house door-way in a village in the hills around Chiang Rai 8812q15.jpg

to Jpeg 26K A young Yao family framed in the doorway of their house in a village in the hills around Chiang Rai 8812q14.jpg

to Jpeg 35K A Yao woman sitting in the sunshine outside a house working on her embroidery in a village in the hills around Chiang Rai 8812q08.jpg

to Jpeg 26K A grandmother carrying her grandchild in a baby carrier on her back in a village in the hills around Chiang Rai 8812q28.jpg

to Jpeg 49K A Yao woman in the Chiang Mai night market holding up a trouser panel for a pair of women's trousers which she had embroidered and which is now in my textile collection 8812m13.jpg

to Jpeg 84K An embroidered panel for a pair of Yao women's trousers.  This was purchased in December 1988 in Chiang Mai night market from the Yao woman who had embroidered it. 8812m14.jpg

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