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Runner - Hmong Community, Appliqued, Victoria, circa 1991 - 1992 Object Reg. No: SH 921202

Alternative Name(s): banner
Embroidered Banner made by members of the Hmong community in Victoria, circa 1991 - 1992. 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.
A long rectangular shaped runner made from cotton fabric. There are five identical designs along the centre done in pink material on a light blue background. All together, the designs are surrounded by a thin light blue border, then a wide pink border which is stitched in blue, then another thin blue border, and finally a wide pink one. The back is lined with a plain white cotton.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 34.50 cm (Height), 118.70 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: handcrafts, hmong, refugees, cultural maintenance, cultural traditions
Themes this item is part of: Immigration & Artistic Practice Collection
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity - Creative Practice
Tertiary Classification: needlework
Maker: Hmong Community, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1991-1992

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