The TÃ y grow rice in paddy fields, preferably in the plains and in the valleys. The villages consist of wooden or bamboo stilt houses and are often built in the immediate vicinity of a stream or a river. The household is the basic economic unit and tends to be a nuclear family limited to close relatives.
The TÃ y, Giay, Numg and Thai women wear brightly-coloured jackets, â€“
pink, green, or blue â€“ double-breasted, often with contrasting braid at
the collar. The tartan headscarf covers their hair gathered into a bun.
Traditionally, each group used to have their own style of bun, held up
with long silver needles, but the custom is vanishing.