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Tales of the
Nine Suns






March 2021 - May 2021


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An illustration for a silk scarf collection commissioned by FOLKSIGHT, a designer scarf brand. Their main focus is on fashion and lifestyle products that have storytelling elements coming from Vietnamese heritage.The image of the rooster is associated with a heroic legend of the H'mong people, a ethnic minority from Northern Vietnam.

H'Mong - Rooster and Corn.jpg
H'Mong - Rooster and Corn.jpg

Tale of the Nine Suns - Full Image

According to a version of the folktale, in the past, there were nine suns in the world. The world was arid, everything was dead, and humans could not grow crops. Until one day, a hero named Yaj Yuam used his arrow and shot most of the suns, leaving only one sun, that escaped into a cornfield. The Earth and Sky became dark, no one could see anything, trees could not grow, and people became miserable again.

At this time, the village elder summoned all the animals in the world to try to call the sun. All the animals tried their best but the sun still hid. When it was the rooster's turn, he stretched his neck high, took a deep breath, and let out a powerful crow. In response to the rooster crowing, the sun finally emerged, leaving its hiding place and returning to its place in the sky. Since that time, every morning before the sun rose on the horizon, the rooster crowed. For the Hmong, this crow is a signal that it's time to wake up, get out of bed and start a new day.

The Hmong black rooster is a domestic chicken breed of Vietnam favored by the H'mong, who have a custom of planting corn on rocky ravines. They often process corn into two main foods: Menmen, which is used in place of rice during holidays and festivals, and corn cakes made of glutinous corn or young corn.

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