The girls are also wearing the front opening of their shirts flipped inside out, so that you can see the same blue lining used for the cuff. Once pleated, it will shrink down to less than half its size. I had to include this picture because when I was a young girl we lived to throw ball at the New Year. This style is similar to the photo above with the lady wearing the red velvet-like outfit. This type of Hmong-wear is generally referred to as Hmoob naav tab lab or translated Hmong who wear red skirts. Going with black fabric, instead of a patterned fabric, for the shirt and pairing it with a black skirt really pulls your attention to the embroidery on the arms and sev.
If the color ran, it would ruin the rest of the skirt.
Hmong-Thai men also where the beautiful pink embroidery sash and the baggier harem style pants. The lady in this photo is dressed fairly similar to the photo directly above this one. You will notice in my picture above that there are different shades of pink and orange and that the white is not totally filled in. I know, because I have photos of me and my sisters wearing it as as children. Finally, I will finish with white. I was very excited when I saw her.