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By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | November 22, 2022

Continuing our getting ready for the cooking holiday theme, here is an apron. 
But not just any apron. This is a bibbed apron with paj ntaub (pa ndau) of green, blue, and orange cross stitch applied. 
It was sold originally at Hmong Handiwork in Saint Paul between 1981-1998.

Hmong Handiwork was a consignment shop selling hand-stitched items made by Hmong women who had resettled in the United States or were still in the refugee camps in Thailand.