Cat Cat is a village of the Hmong founded in 19th century, which is around 2 km from Sapa Town. Houses of the locals here are often dozens of meters from each other, along mountainsides. People here mainly live on planting rice and maize on terraced rice fields, following their traditional cultivation methods.
So far, Cat Cat Village keeps maintaining their ancient architectures including Pomu Timber Blank, roofed – triple – room houses together with a number of handicrafts like cotton and flax growing, weaving and jewelry making. With the traditional looms, the women here have produced colourful brocaded clothes with beautiful patterns of trees, flowers, leaves or animals. Besides, cloth dying, printing or embroidering are also the popular handicrafts of this village. The colours for dying cloths here are mainly natural, made from tree barks or leaves, etc,.
Coming to Cat Cat Village (refer 1 trekking day to Cat Cat Village), tourists shall have chances to admire the colourful pictures of both nature and human’s life there, for instance, the image of a woman sitting by a loom with several pieces of brocades. When finished, there cloths are dyed and decorated with beautiful embroidered patterns of nature. They then are polished with wax to make the colour durable.
Together with brocade weaving, many people here are also good at manipulating gold and silver jewelries with quite sophisticated products for women.
One of the most attractive things to tourists in Cat Cat must be the unique customs of the locals, including the one of “pulling wife”. A man can ask his friends for help to attract a girl that he likes and get her home, keeping for 3 days. After these 3 days, if the girl agrees to be his wife, a wedding will be held. In contrast, the girl can return her house with pleasure if she refuses to get married with the man.
Another special feature of the Hmong in Cat Cat is their houses which contain 3 compartments with 3 doors and the roof of Po Mu wood. Inside the house, there are 3 standing pillars in round or square shape. Walls are made from sawn timber. The main door is closed all the time except for family important events while the two side doors open. Other inevitable parts of the house include altar, sleeping room, kitchen and guest receiving room.
Come to Cat Cat to discover numerous special cultural features of the Hmong.