From Hanoi a 9 hour night train delivered us to Lào Cai. A winding taxi ride took us up the mountains to Sa Pa. There are a number of local ethnic groups that congregate and sell traditional crafts in Sa Pa. Their villages are scattered throughout the surrounding terraced hills and valleys. The country side and villages are beautiful and the people are relaxed and friendly.
Muong Hoa Valley
Hmong women make yarn from hemp and weave it into cloth. They dye the cloth with an indigo, plant based dye and burnish it between a block of polished wood and heavy stone.
Wax resist batik is used to decorate some of the cloth.
Village kids hunting mice in the rice fields.
Thank you so much for sharing all of these fantastic photos!
I’m learning to draw and paint and feel so inspired by your photos and art. Brilliant photos! Am I allowed to use them for practice only?
Beautiful pictures. Their lives are written on their faces.
Thank you for your beautiful photos of a fascinating culture that I have not seen before! We are all brothers and sisters of the world, and yet so richly varied!
Great images John. Your artists eye, via the camera, captures the colour and excitement of your trip.
Just wanted to thank you so much for sharing your wonderful photos and all of the information along with your great paintings. You bring a lot of joy to me and my family with whom I share them. Fondly. Barbara Clum
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John, Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos. What a wonderful glimpse of what is happening in the rest of the world! A reminder that there is life beyond our own realities.
Beautiful shots, especially all those wonderful faces.
Sensational photos! There is a painting for you John, from almost all and thank you for sharing them with us. Just wonderful!
Stunning photos John! I can see some beautiful paintings are on their way too!
Took photos in Sapa in 1996. Always meant to paint from them. You have inspired me.
Amazing shots – National Geographic standard! Thanks for sharing …
You will really like this one