Laug

A laug (pronounced lau) sits at the nape of the neck, on the back of the shirt. It lays flat along the back yoke. There are different types of laugs that go along with the different types of Hmong attire. Generally though, the laug consists of two categories: laug Hmoob Leeg/Ntsuab (Green Hmong) and laug Hmoob Dlawb (White Hmong). Designs for both vary widely and usually involve a combination of cross-stitch and applique.

Laug Hmoob Leeg/Ntsuab (Green Hmong) with a cross-stitched center and appliqued border.

Laug Hmoob Leeg/Ntsuab (Green Hmong) with a cross-stitched center and appliqued border.

A laug Green Hmong (pictured above) is rectangular in shape. It is wider than it is long and almost always involves applique. The appliqueing of the edge usually always consists of the same pattern of colors: pink/red, green, pink/red, white, black, white, pink/red, green, and pink/red. This pattern is usually repeated so that black shows up twice and always ends in the pink/red.

Laug Hmoob Dlawb (White Hmong) with a cross-stitch design and a neon yellow, green, and blue appliqued border.

Laug Hmoob Dlawb (White Hmong) with a cross-stitch design and a neon yellow, green, and blue appliqued border.

Laug Hmoob Dlawb (White Hmong) with qwj (snail) and lub tsev (house) motifs and white, blue, and green applique for the border.

Laug Hmoob Dlawb (White Hmong) with qwj (snail) and lub tsev (house) motifs and white, blue, and green applique for the border.

A laug White Hmong is also rectangular shaped (pictured above), but it is longer than it is wide and almost always involves applique work too. The applique work along the edge of this type of laug usually consists of three to four colors and unlike the laug Green Hmong, there is no repeating pattern.

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