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Banner - Hmong Community, Monkey Story, Victoria, circa 1985-1992 Object Reg. No: SH 921199

Embroidered Banner made by members of the Hmong community in Victoria, circa 1985 - 1992. It tells a traditional Hmong story about Monkeys. The Victorian Hmong community developed after many Hmong fled from Laos in 1975 and arrived in Australia in mid 1980s 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 "Paj Ntaub Tib Neeg" also called "story cloth." These pictorial embroideries developed very recently in Hmong history, when Hmong men began to draw elements of traditional Hmong stories to help make sure they would be remembered during the times of change. Women began to have the men draw these pictures onto fabric so that they could stitch the stories on cloth.
Banner consists of an embroidered design on blue background, inside a border. 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 embroidered design in the centre depicts a story involving interaction between humans and the animals of the forest, principally monkeys.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 84.50 cm (Height), 78.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: cultural identity, cultural maintenance, ethnic groups, handcrafts, hmong, 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, 1985-1992
Place & Date Used: Hmong Women's Stall, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia, 1992

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