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Artist Unknown
Nationality or Tribal Affiliation Hmong
Title Flower Cloth
Type of Object Needlework
Date 1989 or prior
Medium Cotton/Thread
Dimensions H-105.2 W-109 cm
Collection Missoula Art Museum Collection
How acquired Gift of Susan Lindbergh Miller in honor of Montana's Hmong Community
Object ID 2011.10.154
Statement about this object Though collected from Long Luem at craft fair in Missoula, MT in 1989, this cloth was made in Thailand, as indicated by the square format, neutral colors, and large scale. Missionaries provided blue, gray, and tan fabrics were not part of the traditional Hmong color palette. Women began sewing larger cloths in the camps, since their agrarian lifestyle was displaced and they were no longer confined to sew after farm chores were complete. Larger and square cloths appealed to an influx of foreign tourists and soldiers looking to purchase souvenirs. The sale of these cloths generated important income.
Classification Textiles
Subjects Patterns (Design elements)
Symbols
Dragons