Location: Cat Cat Village is 2km from Sapa
Townlet, Sapa District.
Characteristics: This is an age-old village of H'Mong ethnic group
remaining unique customs and practices that are lots in other villages.
Visitors to Cat Cat have an opportunity to admire
a lively and colorful picture. That is the image of young women sitting by looms
with colorful pieces of brocade decorated with designs of flowers and birds.
When these pieces of brocade are finished, they are dyed and embroidered with
beautiful designs. A noteworthy is that H’Mong women use plants and leaves to
dye these brocade fabrics. And then they roll a round and smooth section of wood
covered with wax on fabrics to polish them, making their colors durable. In
addition to the brocade weaving craft, many residents in Cat Cat are good at
manipulating gold and silver jewelry. Their products are fairly sophisticated,
especially jewelry for women. Tourists to Cat Cat are most attracted by its
unique customs, including the custom of “pulling wife”. A man can ask his
friends to lure a girl he likes to his house and keeps her there in three days.
During these days, if the girl agrees to become his wife, a wedding will be
held. However, the girl can happily go home after three days if she does not
like him. Traditional houses of H’Mong people in Cat Cat have three rooms with
three doors and covered with po mu wood roof. In the house there are three
columns that stand in round or square stones. The walls are made from sawn
timber. The main door is always closed and only opens when people in the house
organize important events. Altar, inlaid floor containing food, places for
sleeping, kitchen and receiving guests are indispensable parts of the houses.
Visitors to Cat Cat Village can discover countless unique features of H’Mong.