Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America
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1st floor, MSC, Stark Galleries, College Station, Texas
A Program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance with The Texas Commission on the Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts
Hmong paj ntaub (flower cloth) is one of the world’s great textile traditions, 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 cultural knowledge that had been passed down in cloth for generations. This exhibition 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.