|Nationality or Tribal Affiliation||Hmong|
|Type of Object||Needlework|
|Dimensions||H-179.5 W-132.5 cm|
|Collection||Missoula County Art Collection managed by the Missoula Art Museum|
|How acquired||Gift, Mai Lee, 1980|
|Statement about this object||
This large flower cloth is representative of the Hmong entrepreneurship that emerged in the refugee camps. Before the Vietnam War, women were able to sew only after daily farm chores were complete; the resulting flower cloths were small, ideal for use as pockets, panels, and borders on important garments. At the same time that the refugee camps displaced the Hmong agrarian lifestyle, an influx of foreign tourists and soldiers were looking to purchase souvenirs. Women used these as opportunities to create larger cloths that were functional, such as table cloths and bed spreads, or purely decorative, such as wall hangings. Relatives who had relocated oversees also sparked new interest from Western buyers, and embroiderers in the camps would export their cloths to generate income.
The center motif may be a cock's comb or conjoined dragon's tail or modified snails. It is surrounded by frog leg patterns.
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