Hmong Traditional Dress
Traditionally, Hmong women worked throughout the year sewing the intricate patterns like the ones in this outfit. Chue remembers watching her grandmother sew as she walked to and from the fields every day. Chue first learned the art of Hmong applique and embroidery while living in a Thai refugee camp where she made this sev. After her mother’s passing, Chue decided to continue creating traditional Hmong textiles so that her children could be exposed to the process. She now sells simpler versions of these textiles as a way of opening the door for educating others about Hmong culture.
Initially, the sev would be worn for a special occasion like New Year’s Day after which embellishments like coins would be removed and it would be worn throughout the year. This outfit represents the combination of Chue’s White Hmong heritage and her husband’s Blue Hmong heritage.