A black and white photo of Hmong children.

A black and white photo of Hmong children.


A delightful video of the Sacramento Hmong New Year from about a year ago.


A Hmong woman dressed immaculately in classic Hmong fashion.

A Hmong woman dressed immaculately in classic Hmong fashion.


Hmong children play a popular kids’ game, tug-o-war.

Hmong children play a popular kids’ game, tug-o-war.


Hmong children play a popular kids’ game, tug-o-war.

Hmong children play a popular kids’ game, tug-o-war.


Colorful Hmong skirts are hand washed and hung out to dry in the sun.

Colorful Hmong skirts are hand washed and hung out to dry in the sun.


A favorite pastime of Hmong girls is engaging in Chinese jumprope. Hmong children display dynamic acrobatic moves to compete in the high energy game.

A favorite pastime of Hmong girls is engaging in Chinese jumprope. Hmong children display dynamic acrobatic moves to compete in the high energy game.


A rosy-cheeked Hmong girl performing a particularly nimble move in a popular children’s game Chinese jumprope.

A rosy-cheeked Hmong girl performing a particularly nimble move in a popular children’s game Chinese jumprope.


When working on a batik project, Hmong women do not follow patterns and draw freeform with an incredibly steady hand, never wavering. This Hmong batik practice is very old and traditional. It’s used to decorate the pleated skirts and other articles of dress. Many centuries ago Hmong written language was lost due to Chinese laws forbidding the Hmong people from speaking and writing in Hmong.  The Hmong secretly preserved their written language in the geometric symbols and these symbols are used throughout their batiked cloth and embroidery work. 

When working on a batik project, Hmong women do not follow patterns and draw freeform with an incredibly steady hand, never wavering. This Hmong batik practice is very old and traditional. It’s used to decorate the pleated skirts and other articles of dress. Many centuries ago Hmong written language was lost due to Chinese laws forbidding the Hmong people from speaking and writing in Hmong.  The Hmong secretly preserved their written language in the geometric symbols and these symbols are used throughout their batiked cloth and embroidery work. 



Hmong women are very conservative and do not show much skin in their everyday wardrobe. They often wear wrap leggings as part of their outfit.

Hmong women are very conservative and do not show much skin in their everyday wardrobe. They often wear wrap leggings as part of their outfit.


In Asia, the Hmong practice slash and burn farming and raise livestock such as pigs, chickens, and buffalo.  Livestock is only killed for unique occasions such as weddings or funerals.  Many Hmong continue to earn their livelihood off of agriculture in Asia. Meanwhile in the United States, Hmong families farm for themselves or sell what they reap for supplemental income. 

In Asia, the Hmong practice slash and burn farming and raise livestock such as pigs, chickens, and buffalo.  Livestock is only killed for unique occasions such as weddings or funerals.  Many Hmong continue to earn their livelihood off of agriculture in Asia. Meanwhile in the United States, Hmong families farm for themselves or sell what they reap for supplemental income. 




Hmong children cheerfully play with bubbles.

Hmong children cheerfully play with bubbles.