When carrying your life on your back, being selective when it comes to souvenirs is vital. Well, my bag gained 3 kilos while in Southeast Asia, so it appears I really did not take my own advice. However, I did find this beautiful, hand embroidered skirt while exploring the streets of Sapa.
Every street in Sapa is lined with merchandise to purchase. From knock off NorthFace, to authentic, hand made items, Sapa has it all. Which can be overwhelming for a shopping glutton like me. So my advice when shopping in Vietnam, tone back the enthusiasm for the knock offs, and focus in on the items you can only get in that region.
Which brings me to this skirt. This skirt has so much charm, and is so vibrant in color and despite the fact that I literally had no room in my backpack, I bought it anyways, for a grand total of $12USD, and with no bargaining. I bought the skirt from an adorable older Vietnamese woman who handmade the skirt.
I love this beautiful piece of Sapa heritage and feel so grateful to have been able to meet the woman who sewed it and the Hmong women who have shared their culture with the those passing through.
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