so i found this great thread on a hmong/miao chinese forum and they have some of the best pics of authentic hmong/miao traditional clothes from all over china. just wanted to share the link.
fyi, if you want to get the most out of it, use a translator program or if you're lazy like me, use google chrome and it will give you an option to translate from mandarin into english.
on another weird note...while i was lurking in their forums, i noticed that they went back and forth between using 'hmong' and 'miao' all the time. just curious what the mandarin distinction is that would make google chrome translate it as 'hmong' or 'miao'...