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Jan 14, 2012 - AM Pom Coong Blue Hmong

In the misty Pom Coong morning we woke up in our stilt guesthouse, ate breakfast and scurried over to the Thai loom with our translator. Yikes, the weaver worked late last night or early this morning and finished her pattern holder threading. Sigh, a missed opportunity. We headed over to visit with the Blue Hmong, described as Pa Co village in the Xa Linh community. This link on some reforest efforts that give you an idea of how the communities are linked. The paper gives you an idea of the interrelationship of the Vietnamese government...

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Jan 14, 2012 - PM Afternoon with Vuong & her daughter

In the afternoon we sat down with Vuong and her daughter as they were weaving and learned some more about their family and the loom. Their Thai or (Tay Dam) elders followed the Song Da (Black River) from Laos and settled in Vietnam. Other terms to describe her people by the Vietnamese government are Black Thai and White Tai. Patricia Cheesman, in Lao-Tai textiles, gives a brief historic rundown of the relationships to these peoples to the Lao ethnic groups on page 282 for those who want more background. The past two generations (Vuong and...

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Jan 14, 2012 - PM Muong Dragon Loom

We took another late afternoon stroll around the village and we happened upon another new loom for us. It consisted of a foot-controlled shaft countered by a plastic pop bottle in the opposite shed. Twenty two half heddles stored the warp pattern and were lifted for the weaving sword in rotation. It was definitely different. The set up hung inside the traditional frame loom that is in the area, the warp was secured like the Hmong and Thai warps in the area. The cloth was wound around the cloth beam. No back strap on this loom. I have not...

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Jan 13, 2012 - PM 2 Pom Coong in Mai Chau district

Late in the afternoon we arrived in Pom Coong for our Thai village home stay in the Mai Chau valley. Our guide service identified the village as Thai. The museum books identified the Thai as part of the Tay –Thai language group. We unloaded our bags and moved into our village stay stilt house. Next door was a loom and Kay and I moved over to look at the set up very quickly. Tung, our guide, translated briefly for us with the weaver and then left us on our own to wander the village that evening. He had given us a very long travel day and...

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Mar 20, 2011 - Mai Chau

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Mai Chau is just 135km from Hanoi, but it is as rural as Hanoi is urban. It is now on the tourist fast track due to its proximity to the capital, and many groups make a quick trip in order to get a little of the flavour of the rural life of Vietnam. There is nothing very interesting about the town itself, but some of the neighbouring villagers have opened their homes to guests and it’s possible to visit the stilt houses, to admire the looms and the textiles of the weavers. The residents are mostly White Thai, closely...

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May 26, 2010 - Mai Chau

Jour 23 Billets de bus en poche pour la frontière laotienne, nous nous présentons à 5 heures 30 à la gare des bus. La grande surprise du jour: le bus ne partira pas aujourd'hui et peut être pas non plus ni demain, ni après demain. Il a trop plus ses deux derniers jours et la route est devenue impraticable!!! Réflexion brève mais intense en cette heure matinale, rester? en même temps il pleut et nous avons déjà fait tous ce que la ville comporte d'intéressant! partir? oui mais où? Fin de réflexion: on part avec le bus de 6 heures en...

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Feb 8, 2009 - Na Meo

Hello friends, Were we wanted to cross the border in the north of Vietnam to get to Laos, I think they nearly never saw tourists. When we asked information how to do this trip most of the people began with a big “ooeef” very difficult and they wanted to sell us the tourist bus that crosses the border in the middle of Vietnam, “much easier” they said. We thought, as it is one of our last border crossing let’s do it the good travelers way. So we got a motor bike at 6 in the morning who brought us after a 30 min drive to the local bus station....

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