'Magnificently beautiful' is the labour of love of Hmong tribe - one of the largest ethnic communities of Southeast Asia. This tribe can be found on the outskirts of Vietnam and few can see in Indochina region and they are known make unique and creative textiles from hemp, marijuana stock called Paj Ntaub meaning flower cloth.
The flower cloth is the rich composite of indigo dyed hand painted batik applique and cross stitch embroidery on handwoven fabric. The Hmong tribe was persecuted for their association with marijuana so their craft tells the story of their survival through war and migration and that’s the reason why the textile is not only beautiful but lasts long for generations.
Currently, there is no organized way to market these, but textile lovers and textile designers source them personally and present through exhibitions to the patrons. Most pieces of these textiles are priced between Rs 1500 to 2500.