Hmong Textile Art

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Hmong Textile Art

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | April 26, 2022

Today's Item of the Day is this piece of Hmong paj ntaub (pa ndau) textile art. It is a reverse appliqué wall hanging with complex repeated patterns of pinwheel snail houses with sawtooth borders.

It was made by Cher Lee and sold at Hmong Handwork in Saint Paul between 1981 - 1998.