Name: Black Hmong Pink Funeral Jacket
This is a 60 to 70 year old Black Hmong funeral jacket, bought from the daughter-in-law of the woman who made it. The mother-in-law died 7 years ago, and the family is selling her extra jacket and belt now. This jacket, belt, and skirt set are the traditional outfit in which Black Hmong women in this region are buried. Although the Black Hmong in the village in which this outfit is used do not wear skirts on a daily basis, they still wear a skirt to be buried in. The jacket and belt are generally made by the woman in her teens in preparation for her funeral, and packed away until needed. This outfit has not been worn. The hemp used in the jacket is extremely finely woven, taking much more care and time to prepare than the usual daily outfit. The hemp has been indigo dyed to a very dark blue, and then waxed for shininess. The sleeves and back are embroidered in silk in a pattern no longer known by the Hmong women in the area, and has been embroidered on undyed hemp. The jacket is lined with what appears to be a commercial cotton. All of the fibers used are natural, as the Hmong believe that the spirit will not be released to go to the next world if it is tied to this world with any artificial fibers that don't disintegrate when buried. The belt is of the same colors and related pattern, embroidered in silk on undyed hemp, mounted on the indigo-dyed, waxed hemp belt by strips of handspun indigo dyed cotton with applique and embroidery. The belt has twisted fringe ends and two panels of embroidery. The skirt is of newer manufacture, and is also indigo-dyed local handwoven hemp, constructed in the traditional manner, pleated on top and between panels. Hmong funeral jackets and belts are rare in this condition, quality, and design.
Origins: Lao Cai Province, VietnamView Cart