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Hmong New Year in Luang Prabang

A dazzling display of handicrafts, textiles and ethnic designs.
Modern Hmong women dressed up for New Year in Luang Prabang.  A chance to show off the finest textiles, craftsmanship and design.

Modern Hmong women dressed up for New Year in Luang Prabang. A chance to show off the finest textiles, craftsmanship and design.

The Passa Paa team went in search of new inspiration and where better than at Hmong New Year  (Nor Phe Chao).  The 7 day festival fell in the middle of December, it was the first new moon in a 12-moon cycle.   Bringing people together from many villages, it is here that couples are paired off.  A game called pov pob is played where girls and boys stand in rows throwing a ball to one another, much frivolity takes place and by the end of the week many future couplings have been decided.  People have worked for months sometime all year round putting together elaborate costumes.  Its a true celebration of cultural identity.

 

Pov Pob.  A Hmong new year game, which involves playing catch.  Its a way to bring boys and girls together from different villages.

Pov Pob. A Hmong new year game, which involves playing catch. Its a way to bring boys and girls together from different villages.

 

Pattern details from modern interpretations on traditional designs in Hmong textiles in Laos.

Pattern details from modern interpretations on traditional designs in Hmong textiles in Laos.

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