Name: Black Hmong Embroidered Vintage Jacket
This silk and cotton embroidered jjacket is about 70 years old, made by a village grandmother in Lao Cai Province, Vietnam, when she was a teen in the mid 1900's. This color combination and embroidery type is very rare these days. The embroidery has been mounted on a cotton jacket body and lining. The collar is wax resist, indigo dyed batik bordered by red cotton. She made the embroidered jacket as an option 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: 53" cuff to cuff, 28" length, 33" chest
Origins: Lao Cai Province, Vietnam