Woman's Trousers (ris)
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Indeterminate (Synthetic Materials)
Jou's garments were made for her fwhen she was a small girl by her motherin Laos and were the only items Jou brought with her on her escape from Laos in 1979 and are examples of the very few Hmong costumes made in Laos that survived the refugee camps of Thailand. The fabric Jou’s mother used is a synthetic material which, in the 1960s and 1970s in Laos, was referred to as ‘10,000 material’ – 10,000 Lao kip being the price of one metre of the fabric.
Like her traditional Hmong wedding ceremony, these cherished garments became the thread that anchored her to the sacred heritage of her people.