The Arkha Hill Tribe in Southeast Asia have migrated from Yunnan. They live high in the hills of the Golden Triangle, in Burma, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam. A well-dresses Arkha woman looks stunning in her ornate silver headdress and embroidered traditional outfit. Her outfit is woven in a hand loom from hand spun cotton thread that is dyed in indigo to a dark blue/black color. Girls in Arkha villages learn how to spin the yarn starting at ages of 6 or seven. Women of the tribe continue to practice their crafts of spinning, weaving, embroidering and embellishing their families clothing all their lives.
Looking at the Arkha lady’s headdress, you will quickly recognize the Arkha balls that J.P. & Mattie use to decorate many of our Hill Tribe bags.