Not only possessing a nature-blessed landscape, the unique and diversified cultural traits of Sapa are also an irresistible attractiveness that no travelers who take tours to Sapa can ignore when coming to this wild and beautiful land, and one of the most attractive elements that catches tourist’s eyes is the jewelry of the ethnic minority people here, especially the Black H’mong ethnic women’s very big silver earrings.
Black H’mong women are gorgeous with these special earrings
According to the Black H’mong people, earrings are not simply beautiful jewelries. Deep behind it is the cultural values reflecting the customs and characteristics of this ethnic group.
We can find the Black H’mong earrings in many unique shapes, with many unseen-before details, each kinds of their earrings will bring their own stories, own meanings. And no matter simple or complicated, the earrings are made of silver and carved in rounded shapes to symbolize the moon and sun – the gods of power of the H’mong.
They always wear earrings since they have it
Black H’mong girls wear earrings since they were young, at 14-15 years old and do not take them off even when working in the field, weaving or going to the market. Beyond their beauty, the earrings also symbolize for the wealth of their owners.
It is believed that the bigger earrings the women wear, the stronger, healthier and more hard-working they are. Sometimes, they are used as symbolic weapon to protect the owners from evil spirits and poisonous winds.
There are five major earring shapes: the question mark, spiral, crescent, carved circle and encrusted circle.
An earring of Black H’mong women
On the surface of the earrings are carved tiny flowers and sophisticated symmetric patterns, and sometimes just several random lines. The handmade patterns convey the emotional world of the ethnic women, reflecting their dreams, joy and sorrow in their daily life.
The sparkling and clanking silver jewelry manifest the meticulousness, skillfulness, and rich spiritual culture of the H’mong people, which is closely connected to surrounding nature.
So what to hesitate to not taking tours to the magnificent Sapa and bring home some gorgeous, unique jewelries here as a souvenir?