The Mong ethnic people of Vietnam live mainly in the northern mountainous areas. To Mong women, the linen skirt plays a sacred role in their life.
Mong people belong to six branches including the Mong Do (white Mong), Mong Lenh (yellow Mong), Mong Sy (red Mong), Mong Sua (flower Mong), Mong Du (black Mong) and Mong Xanh (green Mong).
A local story says that when a Mong girl gets married, she often brings along with her a white linen dress sewn by her mother. Mong people have a saying: “Never eat the rice seeds, although starving, and wear a linen dress at death, although so poor when alive.” A linen dress is not only casual wear, but a sign indicating the wearer’s origin.