A recent outing took us to
Chiang Dao, deep into northern Thailand. This is the heart of hill tribe country
and we visited a market frequented by these tribal
people. Some native costumes we had never seen before, and their colorful dress
made captivating photos.
Native cultures love color and
handiwork. Notice the embroidery on the child-carry blanket.
Rice is a staple all over Asia.
This proud and devoted mother hand feeds her healthy child.
Pattern is another hill tribe
preference. Headdress varies and takes skill to wrap securely.
More pattern and color! These
pieces are each sold for under $1 US dollar, or 3 for $2.50 US.
Northern Thailand borders
several countries. The mixture of races and history is easily seen.
Looking more closely at the
beautiful blending of races. Thai? Burmese? Chinese? Tibetan? and native hill tribe.
Children are always carried
close to the body, wrapped skillfully and securely.
Notice the circular black
collar edged with beads and surrounded in red stitching. These collars were an
item for sale in the market.
This woman's circular black
collar is edged with fabric trim close to her neck. Brilliant blue and pink
lustrous cloth is cinched at the waist by a handmade belt.
One of the ladies
selling the basic black collars (see at lower left edge of photo), and the distinctive red woven striped edging this tribe wore.
Betel nut is commonly used by hill tribe people.
A type of natural stimulant, users are easily identifiable by their black teeth.
We have been told many times that this look is considered attractive or sexy.
Also notice her rich velvet coverlet.
Hand rolled tobacco cheroots are also common and
sold in the market.
U.S. Army clothing of all sorts is proudly
displayed by grateful natives. We see this commonplace.
Is she regretting her purchase? Figuring out how
much money she has left? Or simply taking a break from her shopping?
Another woman selling the identifiable collars at
The sweet smelling tobacco and other substances
are sold for those who want to roll their own cheroots. Or purchase those