Vietnam’s Red Dao (Yao) people are noted for the elaborate embroidery that decorates their clothing.
A woman’s outfit includes a heavily embroidered tunic, apron, and pants, as well as embroidered accessories. A traditional outfit can take a full year to complete, and traditional clothing is still worn daily by many Dao women. This means that women take their embroidery with them wherever they go, working on it whenever they have a free moment.
We visited Ta Phin (near Sapa in northern Vietnam) after the fall harvest, so the village women had time to gather together to socialize over their embroidery.
While the embroidery incorporates traditional designs and color schemes, the intensity of the colors used varies with the thread available. When we visited, many women were working with a brilliant yellow thread that glowed in the sunshine.
It’s gorgeous work.