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Hmong Hill Tribe Tasseled Shoulder Bag

50.00 AUD

This bag, which I bought during a recent travel assignment to Thailand, was created by the Hmong hill tribe of Thailand. While I didn’t quite manage to get up to the mountains to visit the tribes this time (my first visit to Thailand), I absolutely fell in love with the country and have vowed to return to do just that. In the meantime, I have my Hmong pieces to keep me inspired. Hopefully they inspire you too. 

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Phuket absolutely blew me away. I’d heard horror stories about the Thai island: about bogan Australians getting wasted at the ping pong and lady boy shows, about trashy nightclubs on the beach, about girls gone WILD.

But I spent my time there floating around stunning karst formations onboard a ridiculously beautiful yacht, indulging in extremely fragrant meals in extremely tasteful restaurants, and exploring the historic Sino-Portuguese architecture of Old Phuket town. The complete opposite of the experience I’d been expecting.

I picked up this beautiful bag, created by the Hmong hill tribe whose vibrant and intricate embroidery I’d long admired, in the old town. I would have dearly loved to head into the hills to find some pieces direct from the source, and have vowed to return soon to do just that.

In the meantime, I have my Hmong pieces to keep me inspired. Hopefully they inspire you too.

Condition: New with antique tasseled panels on the sides; a few strands on these tassels have been pulled off over time
Material: Hmong embroidered textile, synthetic lining with zippered closure and inner pocket. Suede and coin attachment on zipper
Approximate dimensions: body 26cm long and 24cm wide, strap 137cm including tassels

Pieces featured in Nina’s Bazaar are vintage, pre-loved or handmade one-offs so there may be imperfections which add to the character of each piece.


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