Name That Hat: The Hmong in Laos

Thanks to those who posted on the most recent Name That Hat. It’s shared honours this time round between Tyler and Oddsocks. The country was Laos – I bought the hat at the Vientiane market – and it’s headgear normally worn by the people of the Hmong hilltribe.

The Hmong are a sub-group of the Miao people and live across South East Asia in Laos, Vietam, Myanmar and Thailand. In the early stages of the Vietnam war, the CIA recruited Hmong tribesmen to join the Secret War fighting the North Vietnamese army along the Ho Chi Minh trail.