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Red Yao Bride's Costume
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This wedding costume is one of the special costumes of the Red Yao in Sapa, Lao Cai Province. It is combined with a headdress supported in wood and therefore very big and heavy which makes it quite unique. It is covered by nine red fabric pieces.

History of the Object
She comes from Ho village but married a man from a different village. She met her husband through a mediator from his family. After the engagement ceremony, the two families bought fabric and ornaments for her to make a wedding gown. A bride’s costume includes different parts made by different people. Her mother-in-law bought her some cotton thread, fabric, beads and silver coins. Her father-in-law gave her the necklace, and her mother made the belt. According to Yao ethnic tradition, her mother taught her embroidery when she was a child. She made all the patterns of this costume. It took her four months. The headdress that is supported by wood is very big and heavy, which makes it unique. It is covered with nine red fabric pieces. It is said that since the bride is the most beautiful on her wedding day, the sun wants to capture her, which is why her face has to be hidden.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Cotton 
Measurements
114cm x 60cm  
Creator name
Mrs. Lo Ta May 
Creator date
20th Century  
Where it was made
Vietnam; Lao Cai  
Geography
Vietnam 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century  
Function
For a wedding ritual  
Acquisition
 
Copyright
Vietnamese Women’s Museum  
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Mrs. Lo Ta May  
Museum
Vietnamese Women's Museum 
Credit line
Vietnamese Women’s Museum  

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