These handmade appliquéd cloths are only made by these Hmong women in remote Muang Sing in northeastern Laos. Wish we sold more so we could order more to help out these incredibly creative Hmong ladies. Muang Sing is so far off the beaten path followed by "regular" tourists that the textiles handmade by these Hmong women along with the cotton textiles handwoven the Tai Dam women from Muang Sing remain hidden treasures yet to be discovered. That's why we created Laos Essential Artistry, so everyone can see and hopefully purchase some of these beautiful textiles that would otherwise remain "hidden" away in Muang Sing. And you can't go wrong at $25 each. Check them out at our Yahoo store.
The soundtrack for the video is audio extracted from a video we took of three young Hmong girls singing Kwv Txiahj in their remote Hmong village in Xieng Khuang, Laos. We posted this video on YouTube and have received hundreds of comments, mostly from American Hmong women so impressed with the singing ability of these young girls. Kwx Txhiaj is difficult to sing and uses words and tones not easily understood by American Hmong who have been separated so long from traditional cultural practices as still practiced in Laos.