I absolutely adore Hmong needlework and I am always on the look out for authentic hand-made items. In case you missed it, you can read my post on Hmong “Paj Ntaub” and a brief history of Hmong needlework.
I found this bag when I went to Thailand and bought it from a Thai vendor. It was my first time back since coming to America and it was the first time my mother saw her sister in about 20 years. Crazy. And yes, we stayed in a bamboo hut with a thatched roof and dirt floor. I didn’t bathe for a week and my hair held curls for the first time — with nothing to curl it with. LOL. I’ll share photos from that trip another time so stay tuned. 🙂
Bag: Hmong bag from Thailand street vendor
Top: Loft Collarless Chambray Softened Shirt (currently on sale!)
Pants: Loft Modern Straight Leg Jeans (currently on sale!)
Shoes: Nine West Speak-up Flats (also available here)
Watch: Fossil Small Perfect Boyfriend Three-Hand Stainless Steel Watch
Necklace: Borrowed from le sister in law
My mother thinks that it is silly and absurd to wear anything Hmong-related as a part of my modern outfit, but I love it. Due to the nature of the Hmong needlework, almost every piece is a statement piece. In addition, not only is it a “I like the design” kind of thing, I have a connection to it and wearing something Hmong or Hmong-like is a way of expressing myself and my roots via my fashion style.
Here are some bag suggestions that have a similar Hmong-like feel:
Have a good week! Happy Monday! ^_^