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Here is another quick grab portrait of a young Red Dzao woman I met from the same remote hamlet from my previous posting where she helps her parents in the field. There is a saying, that if your subject has a face you should focus on the eyes. Thus at the moment I am just concetrating on the eyes and hoping the rest follows. Although her eyes are not the most loveliest but I thought she has a wonderfully interesting face that makes a natural portrait for me, bright, full of hope and vigor and most important is her self confident and responsive to my lens. Dressed in her best attire, the usual black indigo clothing with her elaborate headdress, she was a great energetic and I have always loved the intensity in her look.


The Red Dzao are the 9th largest ethnic group in Vietnam with a population of just under 500,000. They belong to the Hmong Dao language group and are believed to have started migrating from China in the 13th century. The women wear some of the most colourful and diverse costumes of all ethnic groups but can be identified by their black trousers richly embroidered with flower or small star patterns. Their jackets can be red or black usually with embroidered borders. The ensemble is topped by a black or red turban together with chunky silver jewelry. In addition most Red Zao women shave off their eyebrows and foreheads as this is traditionally regarded as a sign of beauty.

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