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June 2, 2015

Hmong Story Cloth

Filed under: Item of the Day — Jason Onerheim @ 12:01 am

A story cloth featuring activities of the Hmong New Year celebration. The embroidered scenes include Hmong engaged in courtship games, music, games of skill, food preparation and feasting. Figures are walking and riding horseback. Animals include roosters, wild boar, fighting bulls and farm animals. Mountains form the upper row with flowers repeated throughout. The activities are repeated at the center with a communal feast at the bottom. The background cloth is a blue cotton/polyester with multiple appliquéd borders of blue, gray and off-white cotton/polyester. Made in a refugee camp in Thailand and made available for sale at Hmong Handwork store, St. Paul, Minnesota, circa 1980.

To view more Hmong textile work, please visit the Paj Ntaub exhibit at the James J. Hill House. It runs from April 10 to November 29, 2015.

For more information or to purchase a photograph of this item, view this story cloth in our collections database.

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