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This jacket (Chan Lui) comes from the region of Lao Chai in the north of Vietnam and belongs to the national costume of the Red Yao. The Yao are indigenous people who live in the north of Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand as well as in the South of China. This is where they originally come from areas such as Guanxi, Hunan and Guangdong.
The Yao have perfected the art of stiching. In this case you will find further stiching on the indigoblue coloured, handwoven linen garnished on the sleeves as well as a square on the back between the shoulders. The stichings are motives of plants, trees and children. The red ribbon applications symbolize a red river. The stiched square is a symbol of the „soul of pan hung“, the ruler of the old kingdom who build the kingdom with the bravity of a superdragon.
The tunika is originally part of the woman’s costume. The silver squares as a kind of fixed jewellery protect against bad spirits and evils. The woman are wearing the tunika together with wide trousers and for the everyday use they knot the front ends in the back (see pics)
IV quarter 20 century, 100% Cotton, handstiched with cotton or silk thread
Length front 130 cm, back 110 cm, Breast width around 110 cm Size circa medium