Modern life has wandered to highland villages bringing many new things. However, Mong people in Sapa still retain the traditional culture of their own, one of which is the indigo dye. Hmong woman’s hands are always green indigo, which is the mark after the indigo dye – the work they attached to life.
It takes a long time to dye indigo to get black for the outfit. Hmong people in the new place indispensable when carrying it is indigo. Indigo grown in February and July is the harvest season.
Cham after being cut, pressed to get water. The juice was poured into pine wood barrels, pass through a layer of ash in the sack and add water to soak for about a week. According to experience of the people must have kitchen ashes, the new Cham to keep color long, not fading. Through one or two indigo water, the fabric will be blue, , then continuously so for about a month, the fabric will be dark black and then switched to grinding the fabric.
The fabric is placed on a piece of wood and sanded with a sheet of stone. In order to create smoothness when grinding, wax was applied to the fabric. The woman’s feet cleverly pushed back the rock, when the shiny cloth was up. These cloths are used to make men’s overcoats and dresses for women with beautiful and very durable.
That is why the hands of the Mong women are always indigo blue, it’s the mark of dying indigo – the work they’ve been through all their lives.
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