Hmong story cloth, 1979

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Hmong story cloth, 1979

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | July 9, 2018

This is a piece of Hmong pa ndau (paj ntaub) textile art. It is a story cloth illustrating temples, animals, birds, people and spiritual figures. At the center are two temple representations with meditating monks. Within the border, figures include god of thunder, dragons, people on horseback and standing, bulls, trees, birds, and a boar.

Story cloths were made for sale by Hmong refugees in Thailand and were sold around the world. This one was made in Ban Vinai, Thailand and purchased in Saint Paul circa 1979.

See it in Collections Online.