Trụ, Ha Nhi Ethnic Group, Vietnam
“The Ha Nhi’s costume has blue stitching and labyrinthine lines representing mountains and rice terraces. The blue color represents life. The traditional costume is indispensable in our culture. If you look at our costume, you will know it is the Ha Nhi and not blended with other ethnic groups.”
Trụ’s husband had a wealth of information regarding the culture of his ethnic group. We spent a good 7 hours with him as he imparted detailed information and showed us around the Ha Nhi villages.
“This hair braid is a combination of real hair and wool. In the past, old people used their real hair only.”
“In the past, we grew cotton and weaved. But it isn’t popular anymore. Mostly, we buy the fabric, but we still dye the cloth on our own by using indigo and sew our own clothes.”
Trụ, 30 years old
Ha Nhi Ethnic Group
Lao Cai, Vietnam
Getting to this village in the furthest reaches of Northern Vietnam, was a feat in itself. After a long journey by motorbike on some sketchy roads we were delighted to find a haven of traditional Ha Nhi culture. We were fascinated by the traditional houses made of compacted earth, dotting the hilly landscape like mushrooms.