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The Ta Oi are an ethnic minority numbering about 20,000 in central Vietnam and are renown for their basketry and weaving skills. This long beaded textile takes approximately one week to weave using a traditional back strap loom; a woman sits on the floor with the wrap of the loom stretched from a strap around her back to a bamboo rod held out by her feet.
Ta Oi “Zeng” cloth contains beads woven into various geometric patterns. Simple black cloth with colored stripes is worn daily, while pieces with complex beadwork is reserved for special events such as traditional festivals, weddings, and A Riu, the giving or thanks to the Ancestors. Ta Oi cloth is seen among other decorations in communal houses, as well as holy places.