Traditionally every member of the Black Hmong family, from tiny infants to the elderly, wear embroidered adornments and all of this is done by Hmong women, who also weave cloth on family looms. So it is required that girls are taught this basic skills of weaving and knitting from a very early tender age as well as to work in the fields. In their culture, acquiring those skills are more important than having good looks.
Making a beautiful outfit is especially important for the teenage girls, because it not only attracts attention with its beauty, it also shows that the girl is skillful in an area considered essential to married life. So, it is no surprise to see even while walking to the field or to the market the Black Hmong women twisting hemp thread, wearing loops of it around their necks. Whenever they are seated, whether in between chores or taking a break on a long walk, their hands are busy embroidering.
It is said that a needle, strands of brightly colored thread, a piece of cloth and the ingenious hands of a Black Hmong woman are all that is required for some of the finest needlework in the world to be produced.
This picture speaks itself...
and thanks for viewing.
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williewhistler (13541) 2012-10-03 4:14
from the intense look of concentration this young girl is totally immersed in the task at hand.
With the super sharp detail and immaculate composition the image does as you suggest speak volumes.
Terrific,most emotive photography.
Best regards Les.
BennyV (13578) 2012-10-03 5:40
Cute, miniature picture, upclose exploring/touching the textures both of the cloth and of her skin. Great title too! Yes, this communities are close-knit (and hope they manage to stay that way in this changing world.)
Thanks also for your personal reaction to my storytelling picture.
yquem46 (38532) 2012-10-03 6:05
A nice tender close up portrait of this young girl very busy at knitting
Razor sharp image and excellent definition
Have a nice day, best regards
pajaran (50518) 2012-10-03 8:14
Lep trenutak ...
Lep pogled na zenu koja radi rucni rad ...
Dobra ostrina i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobar tekst i kompozicija, lep prikaz.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje.
Beautiful moment ...
A nice view of a woman who works hand made ...
Good sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
Good content and composition, beautiful view.
Good evening and all the best.
SnapRJW (30687) 2012-10-03 8:58
Hello Abmdsudi - This takes me back to my childhood when I had to learn embroidery (and had no patience for it!). This young girl is concentrating with all her might as she counts the threads for the fine work she is doing. A charming DL shot with an excellent close crop and very good detail. I love her dirty fingernails, they make the portrait even more endearing. Warm regards rosemary
krzychu30 (15442) 2012-10-03 10:51
alone her face expression and the way how concentrate she approaches to the work is priceless.You chose the best timing to capture it.Very expressive portrait and moment.The scene is perfectly framed,has superb clarity and very nice and well-saturated colors.Beautiful portrait.
ourania (29417) 2012-10-03 11:44
I love the way you have composed this picture filling the frame with the girl's concentration and making us share it with her. She is obviously practising, maybe trying to prove her skill to someone. You have made great use of the light obtaining very clear textures and wonderful natural colours. I like very much the repetition of the colours and the inclusion of the embroidered pattern on her sleeve at the corner of the frame, where it is also connected to her posture and becomes very eye catching and illustrates your note most effectively. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
Fis2 (83990) 2012-10-03 12:35
Next interesting portrait.
Good frame and super colors.
Greetings from Poland
Schnappilic (9690) 2012-10-03 13:22
I like this close portrait very expressive. Well seen!
All the best!
bukitgolfb301 (35236) 2012-10-03 17:14
Hi dear Abmdsudi YTH
Great shot again. Yes I frequently witnessed this secene there. You very well got typical daily life of Black Mong tribes. Her seriousness can be conveyed very well. Nice close-up shot and color touch. I think expoure is difficult at this situation as contarst is very high, bu you well managed all. Thank you for your sharing and have a good day!
Takero from Tokyo
bayno (18342) 2012-10-04 0:39
beautiful close-up, your photo makes me think about what is more or less right, but I think maybe for days without coming to conclusions, of course I see the hands of a child so small already worn out from work puts a little sadness but also see a spoiled child that goes to school...soo...
anyway the photo is wonderful...so nice colors and sharp..a nice reportage about this etnic group...
dkmurphys (48088) 2012-10-04 2:11
Very good quality of this capture. I like the colors and the natural moment of her daily life activity. Well composed, enjoy a fine day.
eldancer1 (26786) 2012-10-04 9:31
Awesome capture of this young so focused on her job in creating beautiful work of art. I like the close crop. Great lighting and details are very sharp. Wonderful colors. Very well done, tfs.
ciakgiak (30409) 2012-10-04 10:55
Splendido il taglio stretto su questo bel soggetto, un ritratto davvero ben fatto e molto emozionante, con bei colori ed una grande qualità. Un carissimo saluto
ACL1978 (7467) 2012-10-04 14:15
Outstanding closeup shot, Abmdsudi. The clarity is incredible - you were able to even capture the grit under and around her fingernails here, as she works with such concentration. Your shallow DOF keeps the focus right where it should be - on her hand and the piece she's working on, and on her face, hunched close with concentration. Nicely done.
Cricri (104461) 2012-10-06 9:56
Un cadrage serré sur la jeune fille en plein travail de broderie, excellente netteté et couleurs, joli portrait et scéne
mauro61 (52623) 2012-10-08 0:19
il taglio stretto valorizza questo ritratto concentrando tutto sulla espressione della giovane.
Mi piace la resa dei colori e la qualità ottima della foto,
delpeoples (52929) 2012-10-08 6:01
hello dear Abmdsudi
I like how close you've gotten here. It's like you were helping the girl to concentrate on her handiwork. Great title, amazing definition and beautiful colours. Your note completes the work perfectly. excellent shot, congratulations.
jemaflor (83014) 2012-10-12 2:34
Well framed and perfectly managed for the sharpness, exposure, interesting result, tfs.
Waylim (25182) 2012-10-30 17:21
I like the close up detail of the knitting girl. Love her concentration as she is totally in her own world making the traditional craft. I can totally appreciate such hard work every line, every pattern come from precise hands. I tried doing one of these, I cann't do it to save my life.
Really good daily life shot with strong cultural espect.
aliabazari (14237) 2012-12-08 18:46
This portrait is very well documented. Exposure and colors are very good. The text has a fair judgment.
COSTANTINO (53715) 2012-12-20 5:58
traditions,traditions and traditions
fantastic capture of this sweet portrait
showing perfectly a way of working
All the details are very wellcomposed
excellent lighting and sharpness
have a nice evening
kato (11630) 2013-02-17 17:01
You're capturing well this portrait by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the spectacle that this young girl is doing the needlework. It's impressive in the traditional coat based on blue with embroidery, too. It can see concentrating on weaving cloth in her expression. It is important for becoming independent that the woman gets a job to a hand also by the time of when, although needlework is one of the work peculiar to the woman.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (41998)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-02-00
- Categories: Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D70s, Nikkor 70-300 f4-5.6 G, ISO 200 RAW
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-10-03 3:55
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