Monday, January 05, 2009

Hmong Women


Yesterday's post has information about the Hmong in Minnesota. The woman in the small photo told me, in answer to my question, that they weren't celebrating anything special in their lives, except perhaps joy regarding New Year's and they were "just having fun!" Their positive spirit filled the place and they delighted in posing for all the photographers who clustered about them. I was invited to pose with them and declined because I wanted to preserve the ethnic quality of the group, but now I wish that I had!!

"Honor women! they entwine and weave heavenly roses in our earthly life."
- Friedrich von Schiller

11 comments:

  1. beaux portraits de ces femmes. J'aime beaucoup la photo de l'enfant de ton dernier post, trop mignon. malgrés la défaite des Knicks, je dis ALLEZ NY ;o))

    portraits of beautiful women. I love the photo of the child to your last post, so sweet. despite the defeat of the Knicks, I say GO NY o))

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  2. There are some traditions that should be kept! To wear these dresses (at least now and then) is definitely a such one!

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  3. They look so serene, so at ease with themselves..those costumes are simply amazing. I wonder if they're made by hand..

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  4. Angela, I assume that they made their own costumes. The Hmong needlework is especially finely wrought. Many families continue the tradition, make and sell their work: wall hangings are especially popular but they produce a variety of objects: designs on pillows, t-shirts, placemats, toys, etc. Many of their wall hangings depict scenes from their country and landscapes from the Vietnam war, geography, and escape routes.

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  5. This is SO interesting, Kate. These women have such wonderful faces. I loved yesterday's child. Beautiful portraits.

    re the wedding in Gorbio, no grooms in France wear dark suits - well at the last wedding I attended they did - so I imagine anything goes, as it were.

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  6. The costumes are very colorful.

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  7. They look fantastic! Great portrait!

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  8. Thanks, Kate. I'd love to put my hands on some of their work but I've never seen any round here. I'll keep my eyes open though..

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  9. I've read stories about Hmong communities in pockets around the country, but those stories never focus on their traditions or dress. This is fascinating. And thanks for stopping by my corner of the world!

    www.boisedailyphoto.com

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  10. Kate, we have a large Hmong population here is Seattle, too. I've never seen them in this kind of ceremonial garb, rather I see them in work clothes tending their flower booths at the Pike Place Market. Over the years I've gotten acquainted with several of them and really admire their community spirit ... but especially their commitment to family and their work ethic.

    Thanks for your visit today.

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  11. What a wonderful picture! I also love the quote. Perfect.

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