Lao ethnic dress

Last week I was lucky enough to see the opening ceremony for the annual Lao Handicraft Festival. And part of the ceremony was a fashion show displaying ethnic dress for several ethnic communities from around Laos. 

One of Laos' trademarks is its intricate, hand woven textiles. Many are display pieces and others are made into the Lao (female) national dress, the sinh. There are officially over 160 ethnic groups in Laos and many still live in their traditional communities and practice age-old customs such as weaving.

I will write a more detailed post soon describing how these painstaking artworks are created because it really is an amazing process. But for now you'll have to be satisfied with these beautiful women modelling ethnic designs from different Lao provinces. 

Oudom Xai province in the north-west

Oudom Xai province in the north-west

Phongsali province in the far north, near China

Phongsali province in the far north, near China

Luang Namtha province in the north, bordering China and Myanmar

Luang Namtha province in the north, bordering China and Myanmar

Sekong province in southern Laos

Sekong province in southern Laos

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They say in Laos that whenever you visit the provinces, you must buy textiles, as each province has its own unique style. That was certainly evident in this fashion show, of which the above is just a sample. It's certainly one part of Laos that I am looking forward to learning more about. Beautiful!