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The textiles of Sapa

Learn about the distinctive, colourful costumes of northern Vietnam's ethnic minorities.

The numerous ethnic groups resident in the northern mountains of Vietnam define themselves through their unique, colourful traditional costumes. The dark indigo hemp fabrics of the Black Hmong, the woven rainbow colours of the Flower Hmong, and the distinctive red head-dresses of the Red Dao are familiar sights amongst the markets of the Sapa region, and allow members of different communities to differentiate themselves from their neighbours.

The techniques used to produce these fabrics are part of the traditional heritage of these minority groups, passed down from generation to generation. You can learn about these traditional production techniques, from the dying of the fabric to weaving the individual designs, with a visit to the Sapa region.

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The textiles of Sapa

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