A Dao woman from Quang Ninh province.
A Dao woman may spend years embroidering a single dress. By the age of 10, a Dao girl will start to learn to sew and embroider. Along with working in the fields, doing housework and going to market, she must find time to embroider her clothes, since prospective husbands will judge her on this skill. At a traditional love market, where young people meet and select partners, it is not unusual to see a young Dao man shining a lamp at a young woman's dress to examine the quality of her handiwork.