Photo report on H’mong and Dzao ethnic minorities, realized in the Northern Vietnam village of Sapa.
These minorities live in the Southern Chinese valleys, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. They are distinguished by their colourful traditional clothes.
The H’mong prefer blue clothes, the colour is extracted from wild plants, dissolved in water and made into a fabric dye.
The Dzao who live in forest huts, wear clothes that are mainly red.
These people grow and sell rice, clothing and accessories that are handmade, which are then sold at the weekend market.
Despite difficult living conditions, I was welcomed with many smiles on the faces of the women and children, which impressed me a lot. The reason that there are almost no men present in the photographs, is because the economy of handmade craft and subsistence farming rests almost exclusively in the busy hands of the women, as in most developing countries.