—————THE HMONG’S HEMP—————-
To create the patterns on the fabric, the Hmong people have a very unique shaping technique, which is drawing beeswax on the hemp ( Hmong batik ). This is also the folk knowledge about a traditional handicraft that has been attached to the Hmong life from the olden days still preserved to this day. From the hemp trees, the Hmong people harvested for drying, separating the fibers, then hung on the door frame to weave the linen. To create a pattern on the fabric, they used melted yellow and black beeswax, mixed well with the color intensity, which is the main material to manipulate the patterns on the fabric.
To draw a 15x 270 inch hemp batik, they usually have to make it in a week or more than that. After drawing (batik) they bring to boil again, have to boil and regularly to remove the wax layer and then leave a beautiful pattern on the hemp fabric. After boiling, it is not done, continue to use indigo to dye, dry a few times in the sun to complete. According to Hmong people, these motifs hide many historical and cultural elements that last thousand years of the Hmong.