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.