Name: Red Dzao Woman's Embroidered 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 center back of the jacket have embroidered sections with alternating male and female bushes found along the sides of the paths where they walk, plus the rattan basket pattern in the middle of the back patch. The back apron also has male and female figures (alternating colors), male and female trees, and embroidered replicas of the silver flowers used during a wedding. The back neckline has red silk tassels with black and white beads and imitation Indochinese coins. 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. The front bottom of the jacket is embroidered with the fighting cats pattern and outlined by fine stripes of red and white fabric. Truly a piece of wearable art.
Size: 56" long, 58" cuff to cuff, 46" chest
Origins: Lao Cai Province, Vietnam