The Language of Hemp: a Hmong story

High in the misty mountains of Northern Laos the rare sounds of Hmong weaving can be heard. With the end of hemp harvest in October, the yarns are prepared and weaving begun. Like all textile producers in Laos, the Hmong make items for the household like blankets and bags, for clothing, and for ceremonial purposes. Traditionally, the fabric of choice would be hemp. Nowadays, as they move down from the highlands, many
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Black and white image of the famous La sunlight and palm trees. Beverly Hills style.

Our handprints go to the west coast.

Design week in LA saw Passa Paa on its first outing to the west coast.  The super cool Couer Show organised by Henri and team was at the Cooper Design Building in downtown LA. LA home to designers and purveyors of fine goods we love: Kelly Wearstler, Mohawk General Store and Spindle & Canister, to name but a few. San Francisco’s De Young Museum stocks Passa Paa as does Aggregate Supply on Valencia.  
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Modern Hmong women dressed up for New Year in Luang Prabang. A chance to show off the finest textiles, craftsmanship and design.

Hmong New Year in Luang Prabang

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 plac
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