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Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America

Fri, June 16 – Thu, August 102017-06-162017-08-10|Edmond Historical Society & Museum

Hmong paj ntaub (flower cloth) is one of the world's great textile traditions and exemplar of cloth as community. Yet, this complex art wasn't widely known outside of ASia until the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Hmong refugees arrived in the United States in the late 1970s, bringing the needlework skills and culture knowledhe that had been passed down in cloth for generations. Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America presents 28 textiles created by Hmong women in the United States, including designs derived from traditional paj ntaub and the embroidered story cloth form that developed in Thai refugee camps.