Hmong and Yao Shoulder Bag 1

Hmong and Yao Shoulder Bag 1
  • Product Code: SVL-YAO100200
  • Availability: In Stock
  • AUD$250.00


A fantastic large shoulder bag made from Hmong and Yao materials. The bag is made from Hmong embroidered textiles with a scarlet wool fringe typical of Yao handicrafts. A very nice piece of Hmong embroidery acts as a pocket on the front of the bag. A wide leather strap and multiple tassels made from beads, coins, bells, embroidered miniature pillows and Lisu tribe pom poms add to the attractiveness of the bag. A zip closure and inside there are two pockets, one with a zip. 

The Hmong are an ethnic group from the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. Hmong textile art (Paj ntau or Paj ntaub, meaning "flower cloth" in the Hmong language) is closely related to practices of other ethnic minorities in China, the embroidery consisting of bold geometric designs often realized in bright, contrasting colors. Different patterns and techniques of production are associated with geographical regions and cultural subdivisions within the global Hmong community. Traditionally, the embroidery was applied to skirts worn for courtship during New Year festivals, as well as baby-carriers, and men's collars.

The Yao people live in isolated communities in southwest China,  Vietnam, Burma and Laos. They are expert metalworkers and embroiderers. Typical techniques used to create patterns on the costumes include weaving, embroidery, colour grafting and wax printing. The embroidered motifs of the Yao reflect their cultural and religious beliefs.  Symbols come from nature - peach blossom, cabbage, bird, cat and tigers paw.

Embroidery is a part of every Hmong and Yao woman’s daily life. A woman plays an important role in perpetuating Yao idenity, through her ability to  reproduce the patterns which have developed over generations.

57cm wide x 50cm high, strap drop is 40cm