Baby carrier by John Spies

A Mien woman carries her baby on her back, secure in an exquisitely embroidered baby carrier. Mien women are masters of cross-stitch embroidery and spend much of their spare time stitching designs on their pants and on baby carriers and caps. Mien or Yao originated in China but over the past few centuries have migrated to Vietnam, Laos and northern Thailand where this photograph was taken. Nikon FM2, kodachrome slide film.

I am an Australian expat living in the hills of Mae Hong Son province Thailand (please visit I photograph almost everything, above and below ground.

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  • Daidalos
    Daidalosalmost 6 years ago

    Wow. Another stunning photo and portrait. And I am the first to comment it, what an honour :) (I am serious).
    Outstanding work. This is Art.

  • Thanks again Daidalos, and I am happy that you are the first.

    – John Spies

  • micheleirene
    micheleirenealmost 6 years ago

    Beautiful colours and I love how you have caught the baby looking at you :)

  • I wonder what the baby was thinking…

    – John Spies

  • Mukesh Srivastava
    Mukesh Srivastavaalmost 6 years ago

    Great candid portrait…….

  • Thanks Mukesh, she was a bit of a ‘captive’ subject

    – John Spies

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezalmost 6 years ago

    omgoodness!!!!!!!.. im in love with your work.. such sweetness!!

  • Lovely comment, thanks

    – John Spies

  • Esther's Art and Photography
    Esther's Art a...almost 6 years ago

    Beautifull image!!!

  • Thanks Esther, appreciated

    – John Spies

  • ourjrny
    ourjrnyalmost 6 years ago

    The ornate cap is absolutely gorgeous! This is a lovely image John!

  • John Spies
    John Spiesalmost 6 years ago

    The Mien do such beautiful work, and the colours are such a contrast to the earth colours of their village and houses. Thanks Sharon

  • mollymum
    mollymumalmost 6 years ago

    How lovely this is :-)

  • Thanks Colleen for your comment

    – John Spies

  • Margaret Harris
    Margaret Harrisalmost 6 years ago
    Wonderful portrait !!
  • A very cute baby indeed

    – John Spies

  • laureenr
    laureenrover 5 years ago

  • Wow, nice news, thanks Laureen.

    – John Spies

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