Name: Black Hmong Batik and Hemp Jacket
This is a vintage jacket, made by a village grandmother in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, when she was a teen in the mid 1900's. The jacket is made of village raised, hand spun, handwoven, indigo dyed, waxed hemp, with wax resist indigo dyed cotton that has been hand appliquéd and embroidered. The jacket is lined with indigo dyed cotton fabric. She made this, and other jackets, as options for herself to wear in her coffin. Unlike in many Western countries, women in this culture prepare for their eventual deaths early, as they want to be adorned in their best clothing when they meet their ancestors in the next world, so the very best work is done on these clothes. Additionally, only natural fibers can be used, as any synthetics will not decompose, thus tying the person's spirit to the physical world.
Size: 49" cuff to cuff, 32.5" length, 33" chest
Origins: Lao Cai Province, Vietnam