This house was built in 1984 by father of the last owner, Mr. Thao Phang Khay (born in 1972), of De Cho Chua A village, Pung Luong commune, Mu Cang Chai district, Yen Bai province. This was the home of a family of four. Hmong houses are built of wood, directly on the ground. For the flower Hmong of Mu Cang Chai, the wood must be that of the po mu tree (visible growing behind this house). House-building is men’s work. Only axes and knives are used as tools, and all of the pieces are lashed together. This house was reconstructed at the museum in six days in 1999, by a group of seven Hmong villagers.
Photography © Quintin Lake, 2010
Text © 2005 Vietnam Museum of Ethnology