Dress

The traditional dress of the Co Tu people is simple and practical, yet colorful. The men wear loincloths and leave their upper bodies bare except during ceremonies when they drape a scarf in a cross across their chest. The women wear long skirts and short-sleeved tops. Both men and women’s outfits are made from black fabric with bands of embroidery predominately in red, white and orange. They are the last tribe in Southeast Asia who continue to embroider their beads by hand, having yet to accept the use of glue for this process.

Traditionally face and body tattooing were common among the Co Tu people as well as filing of the teeth. Over time, however, this aspect of Co Tu culture has begun to fade and is rarely seen on the younger generations.

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