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Wallet - Hmong Community, Yao Style, Victoria, 1990 Object Reg. No: SH 901002

Alternative Name(s): Purse
Embroidered wallet made by women of the Melbourne Hmong community in 1990.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. The technique and colour typical of the Yao style.
Embroidered wallet worked in cross-stitch on heavy black cloth in green, maroon, orange, pink, blue, pale blue, white thread. Lined with green fabric and bound with blue bias-binding. Blue zip closing one compartment. Open compartment in front and in flap. Closed by silver metal press stud. Strengthened by cardboard between embroidery and lining.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 2.10 cm (Height), 9.20 cm (Width), 18.80 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: handcrafts, hmong, refugees
Themes this item is part of: Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection, Migration Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: needlework
Inscriptions: Inscribed tab of zip: VENUS.
Place & Date Made: Hmong Community, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1990
References: Costelow, M. Embroidery, Marshall Cavendish Editions pp. 266-267.

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