Nhien & La, Pu Peo Ethnic Group, Vietnam
Nhiến, 80, & Là, 87, Pu Péo Ethnic Group
Perched on the mountainside tucked away in the furthest reaches of Northern Vietnam is a small village with one of the smallest ethnic groups in Vietnam, the Pu Péo.
Nhiến (80) and Là (87) are sisters-in-law, each married a brother from the same family. They were both arranged marriages but both say they were happy together. They’ve outlived their husbands and have remained close friends.
“She and I always hang out together from morning till evening. We chat, walk around and play with our great-grandchildren” Là says, describing their daily lives.
They are wearing their traditional clothes of the Pu Peo people. “These clothes are more than 20 years old. I made them when I was younger. Now my eyes cannot see things clearly” Là explains.
On the left Nhiến is wearing the more modern version of their ethnic clothes while Là wears the original version with intricate mosaics, each of which she embroidered by hand.
Nhiến, 80 years old (left)
Là, 87 years old (right)
Pu Péo Ethnic Group
Ha Giang, Vietnam
Là, 87, wearing the traditional clothes of the Pu Peo ethnic group.
Nhiến & Là, wearing their traditional hand-made shoes of the Pu Peo Ethnic Group