Local women in their traditional wear at the Can Cau market Local women in their traditional wear at the Can Cau market
17 Oct 2012

In the Northwest Vietnam highlands, there are many tribes of people groups with their distinctive traditional wear. Each tribe has an identifiable style which clearly differentiates them from the rest. In this image, the womenfolk here are from the Flower Hmong people. They are distinguished by the cheerful bands of multi-coloured embroidery that adorn their clothing.

This hillside market is located at Can Cau, which is between Lao Cai and the China border. It is a weekly Saturday market where the tribes from nearby areas gather to buy and sell farm products, animals, farming equipment, household items and clothes. It is also a time when they take a break from farming duties, meet friends, eat and drink while the youths take the opportunity to connect with their lovers.

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