Famjoy belongs to the Yao Mien ethnic group which is known for their intricate embroidery and traditional dress. They are ethnically Chinese dating back 2,000 to Hunan province. Yao people can be found today in China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.
Famjoy in traditional dress
The Sante Fe International Folk Art Market
My rickety ride to Luang Namtha
The Yao Mien village
A Yao Mien baby carrier
Vintage Yao dress from Vietnam
I didn’t see Famjoy again until I visited her in February of 2014. I had been living in Laos for a year. I wanted to see her before I left Laos, so I made a journey from Luang Prabang to her village outside of Muang Sing, near the border of China. Below are the photos from my journey on a rickety bus, meeting Akha people, and in Famjoy’s village.