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The story of this "minority among minorities" (Nowhere To Stay), called the Black Tai because of their embroidered black traditional clothing, began centuries ago in southern China when the Mongol-driven Chinese moved south and the ancestors of the Tai Dam left the Valley of the Himalaya Mountains in southern China, according to historical accounts of this period from the Joshua Project and Handmade Southeast Asia.
I will maintain the practice of putting an "ethnospecifier" after (exceptionally before) the ethnonym Thai/Tai, as in Tai Khamti, Tai Deng, Black Tai, or White Tai.
It may be true in Laos that younger women prefer Lao style sin to show that they are Laotian, not Black Tai (p.