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Costume from the Xa Pho people of Vietnam

The Xa Pho are a group living in Lao Cai province in Vietnam and (probably) on the China side of the border nearby. They are few, numbering just a few thousand people, and examples of old Xa Pho textiles are correspondingly rare. They have a very distinctive and attractive dress, consisting of dark indigo cloth jacket and skirt decorated with embroidered designs and panels of seeds arranged in star shapes (on the jacket). There is more information about the Xa Pho group in Michael and Kim Howard's book "Textiles of the Highland Peoples of Northern Vietnam".

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CET50 Xa Pho jacket and skirt set.

Xa Pho jacket from Vietnam - China border area
CET50: detail of jacket detail of Xa Pho jacket
CET50: The "other side" of the jacket, which is decorated in the same way on both sides. Xa Pho minority jacket
CET50: skirt
CET50: detail of embroidered motifs on the skirt, said to represent ears of corn
detail of embroidery on Xa Pho skirt
CET50: the other side of the skirt.
Xa Pho ethnic minority skirt