Tình, 80, Lo Lo Ethnic Group, Vietnam
“I am old. I’ve been wearing traditional clothes for a long time. These clothes are 20 years old. I wear traditional clothes every day. I am old, so I just wear traditional clothes” Tình says smiling.
Tình is a sweet grandma from the Black Lo Lo Ethnic Group in Vietnam. We spotted her from the other side of the hillside village. Her brightly colored ethnic clothes stood out in sharp contrast to the earthen tones of the mud-walled houses. It isn’t common to see people from the Lolo ethnic group wearing their traditional clothes in everyday life. Many people have it, and it is still valued and appreciated, but for the younger generation it’s much more convenient to wear more modern clothes.
She had a warm and welcoming demeanor and her eyes light up when she talked about her life and kids. As we left she kept grasping our hands, happy to share a few hours with us.
Tình, 80 years old
Lô Lô Đen (Black Lo Lo) Ethnic Group
Ha Giang, Vietnam
I was fascinated with the traditional houses of Ha Giang Vietnam. I’d never seen anything quite like it, even in photos of the region. The walls are made entirely of mud! (They do have a wooden support structure.) Once dried the walls crack, creating a beautiful texture that I wanted to include in Tình’s portrait.
Tibeto-Burman Ethnic Groups in Vietnam
The Lo Lo Ethnic Group is one of the 6 Tibeto-Burman Ethnic Groups living in the remote mountainous regions of Northern Vietnam, connected through a shared ancestry, language, and culture. Their ancient nomadic lifestyle is reflected in the various pieces of different colored cloth and adornments of nuts, shells, and silver coins on the front of their traditional clothes. The 6 Tibeto-Burman Ethnic Groups in Vietnam are: Cong, Ha Nhi, La Hu, Lo Lo, Phu La and Si La.