The hemp hangs outside to dry after it has been processed into yarn. It is quite coarse and gives a rough, stiff texture to the woven cloth.
This photo shows the process of polishing the indigo dyed cloth to give it a high shine. The flat stone is rubbed over the cloth to achieve the sheen.
A coat and sleeveless vest featuring the embroidered collar and should patches common in this area. Many Hmong women wear this daily.