Shamanic Arts of Vietnam

Textiles, as clothing, are perhaps the most personal of possessions. In tribal societies, their importance is magnified many times, especially for women. It is a means of expression and of communication.

• They proclaim an individual’s identity: tribe, clan, hometown, gender, age, marital status, social status, wealth.

• They attest to allegiance- to the group, to tradition.

• Superior skill in this “womanly art” can translate in greater “marriagability” in largely homogeneous societies

In many tribal groups in Viet Nam, these traditions have changed little in a century (as documented by comparing photographs taken a century apart) and in most cases many centuries. Wearing traditional dress is both an honor and a responsibility-every woman, every day, all day. It is more than pageantry; it is history, and it is Identity.

We offer vintage clothing from the Northern

Mountains and the Central Highlands             

Finest examples.

Skillfully repaired.

Hand-washed, then dry-cleaned.

Presented to the fullest advantage-box-framed, cloth-backed, or as worn or used.

Meticulously identified, described, and explained.

  • Ritual Paintings
  • Sword- form Rattles
  • Fung Shui Compasses
  • Power Sticks
  • Stamps
  • Future Telling Dices
  • Dragons 'Wands'
  • Hats
  • Cloaks and Vests
  • Staffs
  • Wooden Mask
  • Shamanic Musical Instruments