hongtou yao/­dao (kiem mien) woman with headwear - grand-ma and grand-son - vietnam


Hongtou Yao/­Dao (Kiem Mien) Grand-ma and grand-son (Vietnam)

The Dao (pronounced Zao) are the 9th largest ethnic group in Vietnam with a population of just under 500,000.­ They belong to the Hmong Dao language group and are believed to have started migrating from China in the 13th century.­ The women wear some of the most colorful and diverse costumes of all ethnic groups but can be identified by their black trousers richly embroidered with flower or small star patterns.­ Their jackets can be red or black usually with embroidered borders.­ The ensemble is topped by a black or red turban together with chunky silver jewelry.­ In addition most Dao women shave off their eyebrows and foreheads as this is traditionally regarded as a sign of beauty.­

For more info about the Red Dao people, go to globalwanderings.­co.­uk/­ethnic_­minorities/­dao.­shtml.

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A selection of my best photos of Tribe people from Northern Vietnam.­

This small series is part of my Vietnam photo album.

You can also check these smaller selections of photos on selected subjects:

- Tribe people of Vietnam: A selection of my best photos of Tribe people from Northern Vietnam.­

- Markets of Vietnam.

- Tiết canh (raw blood soup).

- Road construction in Vietnam.

- Spaying a piglet.

- A photo-documentary about eating dog meat for dinner: "Thịt chó" means eating a (hot) dog - literally). But be advised that those are very GRAPHIC photos and not advised for children.­

Photos from of my 30-day trip around Vietnam in November 2005.­

You can also check these smaller selections of photos on selected subjects:

- Tribe people of Vietnam: A selection of my best photos of Tribe people from Northern Vietnam.­

- Markets of Vietnam.

- Tiết canh (raw blood soup).

- Road construction in Vietnam.

- Spaying a piglet.