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Embroidery – Stories about the Hmong3rd Feb (Tue) – 21st Feb (Sat) 2009

*This exhibition has finished. Thanks for your visit.

The rich expressionism of traditional embroidery, which has been continuously kept amang the hilltribe, who had caught in a civil war and lost their home.
Their picturebooks, drawn with brightly colored threads, tell about the folkstories which has been brought down orally. These fantastic tapestries are real records of this preliterate tribe.

Tapestry - from [Embroidery - Stories about the Hmong]
Picturebook - from [Embroidery - Stories about the Hmong]

The Hmong people are a minority tribe who live in the mountainous area. Also known as the Miao.
They have been emigrating again and again in China area since the days B.C. They had even emigrated in the Mountain of Vietnam or Laos, but most of them lost home in the power struggle of Laos during the Vietnam war.

As Hmong people have old traditional culture, they use embroidery for communication instead of writing. Even today, although the Hmong started to write their language in Roman letters, the Hmong children learn how to use thread and needle when they are small.。

The Hmong Children, who have escaped to refugee camp in Thailand, started to do embroidery of their orally told folkstories with bright and colorful threads with the support of Shanti Volunteer Association(SVA).

This time, we are going to exhibit many of their colorful and characteristic picuturebooks. You can never ignore their humorously deformed pictures.
Besides, tapestries of which illustrate their simple ordinal life in rich nature, the civil war which destoroyed their peace, and their escape.

We also sell beautiful handcraft works made by the Hmong people, which are imported by SVA who is promoting fair trade. Don’t miss!

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