The Spell of Hmong Textiles is a three-day event organized by Hanoi Design Centre to introduce the tradition and new design potentials of textiles made by the Blue Hmong community in Pa Co, Vietnam. The event laid out all the steps of the traditional production, from yarn processing and weaving to patterning and dyeing. Fifteen batik makers brought their equipments and displayed their skills to the public. The Hanoi Design Centre team debuted a collection where contemporary design meets traditional techniques and materials. Visitors also had a taste of Hmong cuisine and culture with local cornmeal and corn wine served on the spot as well as Hmong wind pipe and festive dance.
This is the first time that an event dedicated to the market potential of textiles by the blue Hmong takes place in Hanoi. I was fortunate to be a part of the team at Hanoi Design Centre to put this even together. As the person in charge of product development and public relations, I had a chance to learn so much about the rich textile tradition of the Hmong and be amazed by the many ways to incorporate their beautiful textiles into modern products.
Photos by Gregoire Abrial and Hang Pham