Artist Profiles


Ly Ta May




Media/General, Textiles

Year(s) Attended:

Arlington: 2018
Santa Fe: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018


Ly Ta May was born into the Dao community in Ta Phin village in Sapa, Vietnam. Like all of the girls in her family, she learned to embroider from her mother. She works every day as a farmer tending to her fields and taking care of her four children, while still finding time to embroider intricate patterns onto pieces of dyed cloth. The choice and distribution of the designs is a manifestation of the embroiderer’s talents and identifies them with their particular ethnic group. Ta May, creates garments for everyday use as well as for special occasions. These garments may take up to one year to complete.