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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.

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