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Banner - Hmong Community, Yao Style, Victoria, 1990 Object Reg. No: SH 901005

Embroidered Banner made by members of the Hmong community in Victoria, in 1990. It depicts a Hmong celebration. The Victorian Hmong community developed after many Hmong fled from Laos in 1975 and arrived in Australia in mid 1980's after spending time in Thai refugee camps. The women of the Victorian Hmong community produced and sold these types of works at the Fitzroy Craft Market to supplement family income.

Fine needlework has always been a source of great pride to Hmong women and girls are taught to sew at age seven or eight. This type of embroidered panel is typical of Yao style in both technique and colour.
Rectangular banner in navy with no padding. There is an appliqued border consisting of a plain blue band on the outer edge, a narrow band in grey, then one in white, a zigzag pattern of blue and grey, and finally two narrow bands in white and grey. The central panel uses fabric and embroidery threads to depict men, women and children on a festive occasion. They are all shown in traditional festive dress.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 87.00 cm (Height), 129.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: cultural identity, cultural maintenance, handcrafts, hmong, laotian communities, laotian culture, laotian immigration, refugees
Themes this item is part of: Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: needlework
Place & Date Made: Hmong Community, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1990
Place & Date Used: Hmong Women's Stall, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia, 1990
References: Costelow, M. Embroidery, Marshall Cavendish Editions pp. 266-267.

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