Vietnam is one of the few places in the world where many ethnic groups continue to wear distinctive, handcrafted outfits that reflect their clan identities and unique world-views. These garments are often embellished with embroidery, applique, supplementary weft, batik, calendaring, piecework, finger-braiding, fringe, and pom-poms. Serena will discuss the textiles and dress of various tribal groups such as the Dao with White Trousers, Pathen, Lu, Lao, Black Hmong, Black Lolo, Flowery Lolo, Dao with Coins, Green Hmong, White Hmong, Black Dao, Dao Lanten, Katu, Cham and Ma.
Serena Lee is the founder and director of Textile Odyssey Tours and has been a frequent visitor to
Vietnam and the neighboring region. Her writings on the ethnic dress of northern Vietnam and southwest China
have been published in the Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion and in the Textile Society of America's proceedings.