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Every year we spend part of each trip trawling through piles of old bits of costume. It's amazing how many mosquitoes can hide in those piles. However its all worth it for the gems that we occasionally unearth. We also buy costume from individual women in villages. Here is a selection of some of the amazing pieces of traditional costumes we have collected.

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Photo of our 12 H'mong star decorations

12 H'mong star decorations

A pack of 12 embroidered stars or suns.

H'mong women use small embroidered patches like this to decorate their clothes. 

Size approx 1 inch diameter

EE4 – Tribal Costume: 12 H'mong star decorations
£3.50 per set of 12 Buy
Photo of our Indigo headcloth with embroidered ends
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Indigo headcloth with embroidered ends

An indigo dyed strip with both ends heavily embroidered. Made by Tai Dam women in Vietnam and worn as a head cover.

Size: 175 x 32 cms (embroideries 32 x 27)

EE7 – Tribal Costume: Indigo headcloth with embroidered ends
£37.50 each Buy
Photo of our Yao embroidered headcloth
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Yao embroidered headcloth

An indigo dyed square with hand stitiching made by Yao women as a tradional head covering. Beautiful tassels and braid.

VST1 – Tribal Costume: Yao embroidered headcloth
£37.00 each Buy
Photo of our Yao baby hat

Yao baby hat

Lovely embroidered hat for a Yao baby with a big red pop pom in the centre and hand embroidery.

From northern Thailand

EE2 – Tribal Costume: Yao baby hat
£22.00 each Buy
Photo of our Short Akha jacket
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Short Akha jacket

A lovely traditional jacket with a side fastening front and a hand stitched embroidered back.

Size across chest 52 cms.

TC5 – Tribal Costume: Short Akha jacket
£95.00 each Buy
Photo of our Chinese jacket with stud work
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Chinese jacket with stud work

Blue cotton jacket with hand embroidered details on collar and sleeves, and metal stud work in a curve across the front. From south westwern China.

Length 56 cms Width across back 57 cms.

TC8 – Tribal Costume: Chinese jacket with stud work
£95.00 each Buy
Photo of our Embellished H'mong woman's skirt
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Embellished H'mong woman's skirt

A wonderful deep indigo blue hemp skirt fully pleated with hand drawn batik and appliqued strips and squares in red and white.

This traditional skirt is fully around 5m in width at the hem. It is open at the back with long waist ties. It could be made into a wearable skirt (or two!) or make a beautiful circular display.

TC3 – Tribal Costume: Embellished H'mong woman's skirt
£115.00 each Buy
Photo of our Dark Indigo pleated batik skirt
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Dark Indigo pleated batik skirt

A wonderful cotton pleated skirt from the Miao minority women of Guizhou province in south western China. The skirt panel is all hand drawn batik with a blue cotton waistband (11 cms wide)

Natural indigo in pale and dark blues

Measurements: Skirt length 46 cms. Waist 89 cms

TC9 – Tribal Costume: Dark Indigo pleated batik skirt
£115.00 each Buy
Photo of our Pale Indigo pleated skirt
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Pale Indigo pleated skirt

A wonderful cotton pleated skirt from the Miao minority women of Guizhou province in south western China. The skirt panel is all hand drawn batik with a pale cotton waistband (11 cms wide)

Natural indigo in pale and dark blues

Measurements: Skirt length 54 cms. Waist 98 cms

TC7 – Tribal Costume: Pale Indigo pleated skirt
£120.00 each Buy
Photo of our Akha Jacket
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Akha Jacket

Beautiful hand woven indigo cotton jacket with incredibly finely hand stitched panels on the back. Bought from the Akha woman who made it in a village in Sichuanbanna, Yunnan, China. All sewn by hand.

Width (across back) 46 cms Length 65 cms

 

TC2 – Tribal Costume: Akha Jacket
£150.00 each Buy
Photo of our Miao embroidered coat
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Miao embroidered coat

A show stopper and totally unique lined long coat made from traditional embroideries, with 3 coin buttons, two side pockets and side slits. Made in northern Thailand 

Colours: Deep navy blue with red applique strips, bright orange and green embroidered panels and a red and yellow collar 

Measurements: Length (nape to back hem) 123 cms. Back underarms 58 cms. From collar seam to cuff 69 cms

TC1 – Tribal Costume: Miao embroidered coat
£175.00 each Buy
Photo of our M'iao Satin jacket with folded patchwork
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M'iao Satin jacket with folded patchwork

A burgundy red satin jacket with incredible details on the front and sleeve panels of intricate folded patchwork, weaving and raised hand embroidered stitch work.

Large size

 

TC6 – Tribal Costume: M'iao Satin jacket with folded patchwork
£195.00 each Buy

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