In the North of Sapa, Vietnam, live the Black Hmong and Red Dao hill tribes. Whist most men wear “Western” clothing the women wear dark blue traditional dress made of hemp dyed violet from plants. Their legs are wrapped in black velvet and hold it in place by a coloured band. To signify long life they grow their hair and wrap it around their heads into a fabric turban.
The land here is hilly and terraces growing the main food staple, rice, mark the landscape as far as the eye can see.
Women work hard here; as well as looking after the house they often run small shops or act as guides for tourists. Babies are carried on their backs and they carry on work as usual!
Photos taken around Sapa, Vietnam in December 2012