Muzer - Who are they?

Muzer is the name that the Thai people called one of hilltribe;LAHU who lived in the northern of Thailand.

The history of the Lahu people stretches over 4,500 years. The Lahu people originated from Tibet and Southwestern China, and later migrated down to the southern part of China where they were separated into two groups.

One group settled in the Kengtung region in Burma, with some further migrating to live in the Fang district in the Chiangmai province of northern Thailand. The other group settled in Vietnam and the People's Democratic Republic of Laos. Furthermore, the Lahu people were divided into many groups such as the black Lahu, red Lahu, yellow Lahu, white Lahu, Pakew Lahu, Pakaew Lahu, Hega Lahu, Laba Lahu, Bala Lahu etc.

Now, approximately 1,500,000 Lahu people live in 800 villages along the Thai-Burma border. The greatest concentration of Lahu people live in areas close to the border in Chiang Rai, Maehongsorn, Chiang Mai and Lampang. The Lahu people usually like to live among other tribes or Thai people, but there are small groups that live together in Lahu villages.

The largest group of Lahu people in Thailand is the red Lahu. Along with the black Lahu and yellow Lahu, they believe in ancestor spirits while many Lahu tribes believe in Christianity. Life Style & Culture A Lahu House. A Lahu mother and child A traditional Lahu house is built on stilts about one metre above the ground. The structure is made of hard wood. The roof is made of thatch while partitions and floor are made of bamboo. Daily utensils are principally made of bamboo and wood.

Traditional costume features black cloth with white and blue stripes. Silver is used as their ornaments. The Lahu usually marry young and they are monogamous. Lahu Weaving Lahu women are skilled in weaving cloth, both on back-strap and foot-treadle looms, producing delicate patchwork trims, and unusual embroidery work.

Lahu in the past always wore their own traditional clothes in the ceremony. But at present, wearing the traditional dress is rare to find because of the influence of modern society. People like to put on fashionable clothes such as jeans because it is easy to buy in general shops.

Furthermore, another reason why wearing traditional clothes is seldom seen is outside society does not accept. The hilltribes people are regarded as a monster or alien, so it makes the new generations feel too ashamed to wear their traditional dress.

Nowaday, Lahu weaving are more fasionable because the using of bright color , handmade with unique style. Hilltribe's crafts, silver necklace, bracelet and any ornaments are high demand in the market.