Craftspeople begin the process of turning green plants into dark blue paste, and white fabric into a constellation of intricate blue motifs.
It is notable that, in Southeast Asia, the Hmong are the only ethnic group that practices the age-old “resist” technique of batik.
As every garment is made by hand, requiring many months and steps to fabricate, Hmong women, men, and children own very few changes of clothes.
Pure silver beads are melted, then poured into molds, to create shaped silver pieces that will then be turned into works of art.
The special folded metal technique employed by the designers evokes the beauty of the ‘pad bai laan’ a palm leaf fan used by northern Thai monks in religious ceremonies.