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Artist Thao, Mao
Nationality or Tribal Affiliation Hmong
Title Flower Cloth
Type of Object Needlework
Date 1980 or prior
Medium Cotton/Thread
Dimensions H-17.501 W-17.3 cm
Collection Missoula County Art Collection managed by the Missoula Art Museum
How acquired Gift, Art Associates of Missoula
Object ID 1980.01.H15
Statement about this object The blue spiral snail motif indicates that maker from the Sam Neua region of Laos. Traditionally, the snail pattern symbolizes family, with conjoined snails, as seen here, suggesting fecundity or fertility.

The blue and red triangle pattern is the mountain motif, which may symbolize strength.
Classification Textiles
Subjects Patterns (Design elements)
Symbols
Snails
Family
Mountains
Strength