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Ly Ta May – a world apart

by | Jul 5, 2013 | Creative Media, Erin M McCuskey |

Women of Ta Phin 5: Ly Ta May – A series of images and tales from Viet Nam.

Ly Ta May is the daughter of Mrs Ly Man May our homestay host in Ta Phin. She no longer lives at home. After marrying Red Dao women are expected to go to live with the husbands family. Ly Ta May never spoke directly to us, she was shy and quietly spoken.

08 May: Stitching Always

She had come ‘home’ with her husbands permission. She missed her mother terribly. Just to be in each-others presence, embroidering, watching the village children play brought them an easy familiar joy.



There are more images of the women of Ta Phin on this blog, you can sign up in the form at top right. Next week we release our film.

Mrs Ly May Chan

Ly Lo May

Mrs Ly Man May

Ly Ta May

Mrs Ly Ta May King


  1. laurene

    hey erin. collected my print/script from lynden recently. temple. thankyou.

  2. louise

    Beauty & peace. But fancy living with the in laws???

  3. Erin

    So glad people bought the prints to support the women of Ta Phin. May it bring you as much happiness as it was for us to take them. Thank you for your support Laurene.

  4. Erin

    Agree with that Louise the village is beautiful and peaceful. The women of TaPhin live traditionally and support each other, its a difficult separation for Ly Man May and Ly Ta May, however they were very happy to see each other and talked long into the night that we were there.


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