I was aware of the Hmong people before I went up to the mountains in Northern Vietnam, near the Chinese border, to take photographs of the amazing rice terraces near Sapa (those photos coming later). It turns out there is a fairly large population of Hmong immigrants back in my home area of Northwest Arkansas.
A friend of mine represented one of the Hmong immigrants in a very public murder trial a few years back and part of his defense in that case was on cultural grounds, so I had at least an inkling that this tribe was out there.
I was unaware of how beautiful their clothing, at least that worn by the women, was. On a brief two day tour up in Northern Vietnam, we got to go to a Sunday market in the town of Bac Ha. All of these pictures are just from those few hours at that market. It was a lovely experience.