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Artist Unknown
Nationality or Tribal Affiliation Hmong
Title Flower Cloth
Type of Object Needlework
Date late 1980s - early 1990s
Medium Cotton fabric and thread
Dimensions H-18.7 W-18 cm
Collection Missoula Art Museum Collection
How acquired Gift of Susan Lindbergh Miller in honor of Montana's Hmong Community
Object ID 2011.10.105
Statement about this object The two green snail motifs indicate that the work is made the Sam Neua tradition or by a maker from that region.Traditionally, the snail pattern symbolizes family, with conjoined snails, as seen here, suggesting fecundity or fertility.

The pink and purple triangles are commonly called a pinwheel motif.
Classification Textiles
Subjects Patterns (Design elements)
Snails