Hmong Embroidery Symbols
The Hmong embroidery tradition goes back hundreds of years. Hmong embroidery is an artistic tradition that was passed down by families over many generations. More traditional Hmong embroidery pieces used symbols to express themes in what has been described as a form of language that represents the Hmong culture and identity.
Traditionally, Hmong girls from a young age in Southeast Asia learned hand embroidery from their mothers. Embroidered clothing artifacts also are worn and serve important functions during key life events such as birth, the Hmong New Year celebration, marriage, and death.
Hmong embroidery has changed over the years. Hmong women have adapted traditional motifs and developed new styles of paj ntaub dab neeg (story cloths) and embroidered crafts for commercial purposes, especially targeted to tourists and the Western market. While traditional paj ntaub (flower cloth) textile decorations depicting the natural environment utilizing a series of symbols going back generations, paj ntaub dab neeg (story cloths) are of more recent origin. These tapestries first appeared in the 1980s when the Hmong people lived in the refugee camps. There was little opportunity to make money, so Hmong used their embroidery skills to earn income to support their families. Often Hmong men would draw and design images and women would cut and sew the designs.
Read more in the Fall 2017 Newsletter
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE
AN INTRODUCTION TO HMONG EMBROIDERY
WELCOME TO OUR NEW FA3 BOARD MEMBERS
CRAFTS OF GUJaRAT A BIG HIT
CALENDAR OF LOCAL AND REGIONAL EVENTS
ELEVEN HAIKU BY ELEVEN POETS
CONTEMPORARY POETS WRITING HAIKU IN ENGLISH
THE WOMEN OF YAP'S OUTER ISLANDS
A RELATIONSHIP THAT OUR PRESENT LEADERS NEED TO UNDERSTAND
EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Dr.Cynthia Rekdal, Executive Director
Kingsley Kan, Board Treasurer
Shelly Krishnamurty, Board Secretary
Dr. David Paly
Janey Hoff, webmaster
Dr. Maribeth Graybill
Dr. Joseph Piro
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