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Story Cloth - Artifacts

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Hmong Story Cloth This maroon cloth with gray diamond border and color story is titled "Yao Took Money From Monkey" was purchased at the Pike Place Market from Chia Thao. This cloth is typical of textiles Laotian-Hmong women began to make when they lived as refugees in camps in Thailand and continue to make as settled immigrants in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Paj ntaub - a phrase that means "flower cloth" and is pronounced "pandoa" dates back 2000 years. It encompasses embroidery and applique, often featuring geometric designs and sometimes depicting animals or other creatures. Story cloths began as an effort to tell traditional stories using pictures and then evolved into a textile form based on the earlier Paj ntaub form.
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