Hmong people and their traditional clothing has driven thousands of fashion freaks
Let’s dive into the science of fashion in today’s society. A very interesting topic is the social aspect of the Hmong people and their fashion impact in today’s ultra modern and fast-pace information society.
Hmong style fashion has various styles based on their culture. Some of them are named as Hmong Blue (they are also called as, Hmong Green) and Hmong White. In fact, these names have been chosen from the colors that are usually used from their traditional clothing. These two group names have certain differences in their language as well as in their custom. Both, however are derived from the tojsiab style.
The vividly colored knee length Hmong skirts and Hmong t-shirts were used by Hmong Green ladies who live in a refugee camp near to Thailand. The skirts of Hmong Green community have three major sections as per the rules or characteristics of the community. The top portion is made up of the band shaped white cotton material. The middle panel is usually covered with batik pattern. It’s created by making use of a fabric dying technique which makes use of wax to come up with a design.
A design made up of cross stitch embroiders and an appliqué work is present on the last section of the Hmong skirt. The skirt design is usually created just through eye and memory, having a steady hand guided by a grain of fabric woven threads. The best thing is, they are created without any stencils, rulers, and patterns. The entire Hmong skirts green is as much as 9 yards of fabric.
The Hmong white clothes are usually used by men consisting of a black tunic which is similar to that of a vest and black wide-legged trousers. The Hmong Green mans clothes have a similar type of black color wide legged trousers, but on the top of it, different Hmong t-shirts can be used.
Next, comes, Hmong hat they are usually worn in various styles, and it looks pretty much attractive. The headdresses are usually made out of 3 yard huge piece, and it is wrapped around the head in the form of Hmong hat in the same fashion as that of a turban. Anyways, now the headdresses are made in such a way that they easily retain their design and don’t come apart. In certain parts of Hmong community, the headdresses worn regularly, but now-a-days with the change in the time it is worn on occasions like funerals, any significant cultural events, and New Year’s celebrations.
To the trained and educated eye, both style are very unique in their own ways, although there are similarities as well. Which ever one you fancy, you can get start out with the basics like a t-shirt from Rice In Water. To find out more about designs and style, go check out the local Hmong New Year nearby.