First time I heard about a ethnic group called Hmong was in Wisconsin over the X'mas break. My Fiance is from there, and his best friend growing up's parents are hippies, and I saw a beautiful embroidared picture something like this, at their house. Featuring bunch of farm animals and farming, agriculture, and life. I just loved the expression of everyday life and warm, colorful look. So I asked the hippy parents where it was from, and what kind of people makes this. I thought it was from Guatemara or something, but it was by Hmong people live in the small community in Wisconsin. I was so pulled to get more information.
The terms Hmong (pronounced [m̥ɔ̃ŋ]) and Mong ([mɔ̃ŋ]) refer to an Asian ethnic group in the mountainous regions of southeast Asia. Hmong are also one of the largest sub-groups in the Miao minzu population in southern China. Beginning in the 18th century, Hmong groups began a gradual southward migration due to political unrest and to find more arable land. As a result, Hmong currently also live in several countries in Southeast Asia, including northern Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and Burma.
If you read more on wiki, you'll find a tough history of Hmong people why they had to travel so much, and as I heard from the hippies, of cause there was a history of segregation after they migrated to US, etc.. I was told by my fiance that I probably look like a native american or Hmong person to older people in WI, because I'm an asian and has "oriental look" and that's how white it is in there.
Soon after I searched over internet, I found the images of how women of Flower Hmong people dress! I guess "Flower Hmong" is a western nickname to those group in Hmong people who dress up like living flowers, mostly living in the part of Vietnam. I thought that their outfits are one of the best thing in fashion I've seen lately. I don't know if they are featured in the Tibor/Maira Kalman's Unfashion but they shoud've if they didn't! (I don't have a copy here at home) The garment has the overall tone of light pink with a very detailed embroidary all over and the complex layering of different colorful fabric. and I love the plaid head scarf with an accent of neon fringes and pompoms! It's just super well styled, to me, in the most interesting way! Here's some good ones I found from googling.