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Hmong Hilltribe of Northern Thailand
The Hmong are divided into two sub-groups
found in the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. This
ethnic group originates in western China. For a long time the Hmong have
supported themselves by the cultivation of the opium poppy. Most of the Hmong
people are turning from opium growing, and are now seeking to market their
exquisite needlework in order to supplement their income. Hmong women traditionally
make clothing for their families. Their clothing is richly
decorated with magnificent embroidery and silver jewelry. Blue Hmong women wear
pleated skirts with bands of red, blue and white that are intricately
embroidered. Jackets are of black satin, with wide embroidered cuffs. They also
may traditionally add piece work and pleating to their work. A traditional motif
is an appliquéd sun. Much of the embroidery is done with very tiny cross
Hmong apron with tiny colorful cross stitching stands out on black fabric.
Panel of apron measures 10" x 10". Item
ThT1818 - $40.75
Traditional Hmong men's pants are made very loose with folds
of fabric but fit tightly at the ankle. They traditionally feature the sun appliqué
motif down the sides of the legs.
Traditional Hmong men's' pants featuring appliqué and
tiny cross stitch embroidery. Item ThT1824- $95.25
Akha Hilltribe of Northern Thailand
The villages of this colorful hill tribe
are to be found in the mountains of China, Laos, Myanmar (Burma) and Northern
Thailand. There are approximately 20,000 Akha living in Thailand's Northern
provinces of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai at high altitudes. This tribe originated
in Tibet. Every Akha village is distinguished by their carved wooden gate,
presided over by guardian spirits. They live in raised houses on low stilts,
with a large porch leading into a square living area with a stove at the back.
The roof is steeply pitched. The live on marginal land and find it difficult to
eke out a living through their slash and burn method of agriculture. In order to
supplement their income, many Akha are now selling handicrafts, employing the
traditional skills used in making their own clothing and cultural items.
The backs of these headdresses are of flexible cloth. These headdresses have old coins as part of their decoration.
This Akha headdresses is open in the back with a
wide decorated strap that goes around the head.
|Item Tht1553b - $40.50
Lisu Hilltribe of Northern Thailand
The Lisu hill tribe of Northern Thailand decorate their
clothing with piece work and tiny pleats in bright colors and silver metal
|Lisu mother and children. Photo by Hands Around the World.
||Lisu children. Photo by Hands Around the World
Hand stitiched Lisu Jacket - Medium Item
Laintain Hilltribe of
The Laintain Hilltribe resides in Northern Laos. As in Thailand, the minority
tribes come down from the countries of China or Burma and reside in traditional
|Laintain Lady - photo by Hands Around the World
||Laintain Mother and Child - Mother is holding the
traditional Laintain outfit for sale below - photo by Hands Around
The Dayak are to
Asia as the American Indian to the Americas. They are the native peoples of the
islands. The Dayak of Borneo are in 12 major tribes. Isolated in the vast
rainforests of Borneo, they were headhunters until the year 1965. At this time
the Indonesian government negotiated peace between the tribes, although rumors
of continued headhunting have occurred. The Dayak are a very culturally intact
and interesting people, living much as their ancestors have for hundreds of
The Dayak of central Borneo are one of the few
indigenous cultures left that make a thread and weave with a grass like plant.
The Dayak collect a swamp grass called Doyo. There are five types of Doyo fiber.
It is collected, dried, spun, and woven. There are also 5 kindes of vegetable
dyes that are use to dye the threads so that it may be woven into colorful
These hangings are hand spun
and woven from the Doyo plant. Each hanging has a hand carved wooden hanger.
Each is looped over double so that the fabric is twice as long as it hangs. They
are beautiful examples of totally traditional weaving and a dying art form.
These hangings are from the Benuaq tribe of Dayak in the village of Wacong.
Traditional wrap around skirts by the Benuaq Dayak in the
village of Wacong. The horizontal sections are of the Doyo plant
weaving. The rest of the skirts are hand woven cotton. The wrap around width of the skirts
are approx. 3' 9
1/2", the length of the skirt is 2' 10 1/2". These skirts ares used
for ceremonies and special occasions. Item BoT1827 - $141.50 ea.
Traditional Dayak ladies blouse by the Benuaq Dayak in the
village of Wacong. The two brownish vertical sections are of the Doyo plant
weaving. The rest of the blouse is hand woven cotton. The blouse is
approximately 18" x 22" and is trimmed with sequins. The blouse
is also used special occasions with the skirts above. Item BoT1828 -
Uros Indians [more about the Uros Indians]
The Uros Indians of
Peru are a very interesting people. They live on floating islands high in the
Peruvian Andes on Lake Titicaca. They were forced onto the lake as the Incan
Indians pushed further and further into their territory. The Uros Islands are
made of reeds which grow naturally on the banks of Lake Titicaca. The reeds are
matted down and added to as they disintegrate at the bottom. The islands float
on the surface of the lake. The make their homes, their furniture and their
boats out of the reeds. They also eat the tender bottoms of the reeds. The Uros
Indians are known for their beautiful and intricate handwork, weaving, spinning,
Huitoto and Bora Indians [more about the
and the Bora Indians]
The Huitoto (wuh-toe-toe)
Bora (Bore-uh) Indians live deep in the Peruvian Amazon along the Amapayaco
River which is a tributary of the Amazon. Historically enemies, they have in
recent times become close allies with adjoining villages and frequent
intermarriage. They are artistically talented tribes, making masks, dolls,
rattles, blowguns etc. Many of their crafts are made of bark cloth decorated
with vegetable dyes. The bark cloth is made of the inner bark of a palm tree and
is beaten until it is paper or cloth like. From the bark cloth they make their
clothing which consists of a short skirt for both men and women in the Huitoto.
The Huitoto women traditionally go bare breasted. The Bora tribe dresses
similarly, but the women wear a dress of bark cloth as opposed to just a skirt.
Both sexes in both tribes wear necklaces, feathers and sometimes white body
paint or red body paint made of onoto or urucu which is a pod that crushes
to a reddish paste.
Bora women displaying their crafts.
Victor, the cheif of the Huitoto and his wife and
Gabriel, the Huitoto shaman famous for his knowledge of
Shipibo Indians reside at the southwestern edge of the vast Amazon Basin in
Peru. They are River Indians living along the banks and tributaries of the
Amazon River. They are well known for their distinctive pottery and
textiles. In their culture the designs they use are traditionally
copied from the skin of the Giant Anaconda or the heavens, such as the Southern
Cross. Many other designs were given to them by their culture hero Incan
The Shipibo are
known for their cotton cloth hand painted in traditional designs. The cloth is
worn as a wrap around loin cloth by the women of the tribe as well as being used
for other functions.
Penare Indians [more about the Penare Indians]
These traditional Penare loincloths are hand
woven of natural cotton and dyed with onoto to give them the reddish color. These loin cloths are becoming more and more rare,
a very collectible Indian museum quality piece.
Penare Women's Loin cloth
20" long with 2 tassels - Item VzT1747 - $34.00
This beautiful rug is hand looped of 100% wool pile.
2' x 2' 9". Item ChT1006 - $31.99
Huichol Indians [more about the Huichol Indians]
The Huichol are the most traditional Indian
tribe in Mexico today. They live in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Central
Mexico. Their villages are very isolated and insular. They still dress in the
traditional fashion and follow their native belief systems. The Huichol are well
known for their sacred Yarn Painting. They partake of the peyote button during
their religious ceremonies. This puts them in touch with the world of the
Spirit. Later they record what they have seen and learned in the ceremony by
their yarn painting. The yarn is pressed down into bees wax which is spread on
backing. Huichol Yarn Paintings have become very collectible. These particular
paintings were created and also blessed by the Huichol shaman Rutilio Benitez
Carrillo. On the back of each painting is an explanation in Spanish of the
meaning of the painting. Each also comes with a translation into English.
Shaman Rutilio Benitez Carrillo blessing his art work.
|11 3/4"in diameter. Item MxT1776