Name: Red Dzao Short Women's Jacket
Red Dao womens' jackets are made with handwoven, indigo dyed cotton, and then hand-embroidered with incredibly fine silk thread patterns, traditional to their culture, and in the colors that identify, to the observer, the village in which they live. This jacket is from the village of Ta Phin, near Sapa, and is a very fine example of the art. The cuffs and back of the jacket have embroidered sections with alternating male and female trees or bushes found along the sides of the paths where they walk. The back neckline has pink silk tassels with blue and white beads and imitation Indochinese coins. The back apron and front ties were cut off and the jacket was hemmed with the finely sewn strips of alternating red and white fabric in order to create a shorter jacket. The neckline is hand embroidered with silk threads in a range of purples, includes the motif of fighting cats, and is edged with silk pompoms and alternating white and black beads.
Size: 25" length, 48" chest, 55" total arm length
Origins: Lao Cai Province, Vietnam