Hmong green clothes


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    Xiong of Hmong ABC Bookstore served as a consultant, and answered questions and clarified things that were unclear. Proofreading was provided by Marlin Heise.

    Mark E. Pfeifer, PhD served as a grantwriter to find funding for the project and also edited the final narratives. We are grateful to Noah Vang for allowing the Hmong Cultural Center and the Hmong Archives to use numerous photographs he provided for the website. It includes online exhibits of Hmong embroidery pieces.

    The website is intended to educate viewers about the many different types of traditional and modern Hmong embroidery and the meanings attached to many of the motifs commonly used in Hmong embroidered art works. The art works featured in the exhibits on the website are part of the collections of the Hmong Cultural Center and the Hmong Archives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

    The www. Without these funders, this project would not have come together. According to oral history in the Hmong community, it is said the Hmong women hid the ancient Hmong paj ntaub script in the clothing of the Hmong people, especially in the pleated skirts of the Green Hmong.

    From this time forward, the scripts became motifs or symbols in Hmong embroidery. Knowledge of the scripts was not so relevant in the lives of the Hmong and was eventually lost. Today the motifs in Hmong embroidery are used as decorations in clothing, accessories, and crafts.

    Traditionally, Hmong embroidery is used as a form of decoration on clothing to make it bright and beautiful.

    Hmong embroidery includes bright colors: pinks, reds, greens, as well as blues, and these are sometimes used to contrast with the colors of yellow and brown overlaid with white Hassel, From a young age, Hmong girls learn how to sew and copy motifs from their mothers and grandmothers. As they grow older, the embroidery skills that the girls acquire through their female elders serve to make them more attractive marriage partners Mallinson et al, Girls with impressive embroidery skills are admired for their potential ability to sew beautiful clothes for their future husband and family members.

    They dress up in their best embroidery clothes to be seen in public with friends, and engage in courtship with boys through ball tossing and folk song singing activities. According to Shoua V. Xiong , consultant of the Hmong Embroidery project, when a girl gets married, she is responsible for sewing clothes for everyday wear as well as new clothes prior to the Hmong New Year celebration for her family.

    This is supposed to bring good luck, health, and prosperity. In addition, when a girl is married, her mother will give her a skirt, or several skirts, depending on her social status or how much wealth her family has.

    Traditionally, the mother makes the skirts by herself and provides them to her daughter as a dowry. When the daughter becomes old and dies, one of these skirts will be worn at her funeral Mallinson et al. In a related vein, a daughter is expected to prepare funeral garments called tsho tshaj sab for her parents as they grow old.

    These garments are made of hemp cloth, and put on the corpse of the parents when they die. In the spirit realm, the parents wear these hemp garments as they make the journey to meet their ancestors in the afterlife. Hmong clothes were originally made from hemp. Hemp is a very important plant, and the fibers of the hemp stalk are stripped, spun into fiber threads and woven into cloth. It is then bleached and dyed into black or indigo blue.

    The undecorated dyed cloth is sewn into jackets and pants. White Hmong do not decorate their skirts; they are bleached and turned into white pleated versions. The cloth is dyed black and used to sew jackets and pants. Hmong embroidery has evolved to include Lao, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Western influences with the availability of different kinds of fabrics, threads, methods, techniques, and ideas.

    For instance, when the Hmong first arrived in the United States in the late s, some of the families were initially resettled in Pennsylvania. The methods and techniques utilized for making Hmong clothes have changed over time. Items are not necessarily sewn by hand any longer. Cotton and synthetic fabrics are now preferred over hemp as the latter is heavy and difficult to find.

    Hemp is most commonly used for funeral garments in the contemporary era. Hmong motifs are copied, and replicated into machine-made patterns with Hmong designs and motifs. These copied patterns are made into pleated skirts, cuffs, and the placket fronts of jackets, as well as accessories. As the Hmong continue to live in the United States, their lifestyles have changed due to employment and educational opportunities. It is more convenient to purchase machine-made Hmong attire at the flea market or the supermarket.

    These items are relatively cheap and affordable. There are many new styles of Hmong attire, which do not resemble the regional Hmong clothes from the provinces of Laos. Many elders do not have time to teach these traditions to their grandchildren.

    For the reasons above, the Hmong art of making paj ntaub may be lost among future generations. Hmong embroidery has changed over the years. Hmong women adapted traditional motifs, and developed new styles of paj ntaub and crafts for commercial purposes, especially targeted to tourists and the Western market. From traditional textile decorations on clothes, they developed tapestries or story cloths. These tapestries first appeared in the s when the Hmong people lived in the refugee camps.

    There was little opportunity to make money, so the women used their embroidery skills to earn income to support their families. On the story cloths, the women depicted the war experience through embroidery needlework, and similarly the village life that the Hmong were once familiar with when they lived in Laos. These oversize squares were transformed into tablecloths, pillowcases, and wall decorations.

    They also inspired household and accessory items including cup coasters, aprons, bags, jewelry, and stuffed animals. These items are now often sold at local art festivals and craft shows. Written by Xai S.

    Hmong Traditions Hi! We are Hmong Lao people and our traditions are very important for us. The traditions keep us together and make us help each other in all times.

    During special days we also have traditional clothes and we wanted to show you some of them! Traditionally, Hmong embroidery is used as a form of decoration on clothing to make it bright and beautiful. Hmong embroidery includes bright colors: pinks, reds, greens, as well as blues, and these are sometimes used to contrast with the colors of yellow and brown overlaid with white.

    From a young age, Hmong girls learn how to sew and copy motifs from their mothers and grandmothers. Girls with impressive embroidery skills are admired for their potential ability to sew beautiful clothes for their future husband and family members. In the past, when a girl got married, she was always responsible for sewing clothes for everyday wear as well as new clothes prior to the Hmong New Year celebration for her family.

    This is for good luck, health, and prosperity. Hmong embroidery has changed over the years. Hmong women adapted traditional motifs, and developed new styles of paj ntaub and crafts for commercial purposes, especially targeted to tourists and the Western market. From traditional textile decorations on clothes, they developed tapestries or story cloths. These oversize squares were transformed into tablecloths, pillowcases, and wall decorations.

    They also inspired household and accessory items including cup coasters, aprons, bags, jewelry, and stuffed animals. These items are now often sold at local art festivals and craft shows. These days they still dress up in their best embroidery clothes to be seen in public with friends, and engage in courtship with boys through ball tossing and folk song singing activities.

    The methods and techniques utilized for making Hmong clothes have changed over time. Items are not necessarily sewn by hand any longer. Cotton and synthetic fabrics are now preferred over hemp as the latter is heavy and difficult to find.

    Many elders do not have time to teach these traditions to their grandchildren. For the reasons above, the Hmong art of making paj ntaub may be lost among future generations. You can also help by buying products in our webshop! We at Kajsiab always wear traditional Hmong clothes during the Hmong Newyear. The Hmong New Year is an annual celebration that takes place in the fall to honor the ancestors and give thanks for the completion of the year's harvest. Over three days certain rituals are performed to honor the spirits of ancestors and to provide for the health and safety of the current family in the New Year.

    Hmong New Year celebrations frequently occur in November and December traditionally at the end of the harvest season when all work is done , serving as a Thanksgiving holiday for the Hmong people. During the New Year's celebration, Hmong dress in traditional clothing and enjoy Hmong traditional foods.

    In ancient times, the embroidered patterns served double duty -- to decorate and to communicate. According to oral history, long ago when the Hmong were still concentrated in China, they could not use their original, written language, which was made up of picture symbols.

    So the women started sewing the symbols into their skirts to create messages, disguising them as patterns. Traditional Hmong embroidery used symbols to tell a story. Many of the meanings have been lost to time, but historians are trying to save what they can. Animism, one of the oldest belief systems in the world, is central to the Hmong people. The textile art that produced has religious and spiritual connections. Most of the motifs that appear in traditional Hmong embroidery are inspired by nature and are associated with animals.

    A series of swirls facing each other, for example, is called "elephant foot" and generally is associated with "family. They include wall hangings, sofa covers,pillow covers, and fabric story books for children featuring pictures of humans, animals and Hmong and English words.

    You can order our hand made products online and help us to care for the 45 people who live currently at Kajsiab, learning new skills and teaching the old traditional skills. By ordering our products you are helping us to empower the Kajsiab People and to save our traditions!

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    During special days we also have traditional clothes and we wanted to show you some of them! Traditionally, Hmong embroidery is used as a form of decoration on clothing to make it bright and beautiful. Hmong embroidery includes bright colors: pinks, reds, greens, as well as blues, and these are sometimes used to contrast with the colors of yellow and brown overlaid with white. From a young age, Hmong girls learn how to sew and copy motifs from their mothers and grandmothers.

    Girls with impressive embroidery skills are admired for their potential ability to sew beautiful clothes for their future husband and family members.

    Objects in Focus: Village Story Blanket

    In the past, when a girl got married, she was always responsible for sewing clothes for everyday wear as well as new clothes prior to the Hmong New Year celebration for her family.

    This is for good luck, health, and prosperity. Hmong embroidery has changed over the years. Hmong women adapted traditional motifs, and developed new styles of paj ntaub and crafts for commercial purposes, especially targeted to tourists and the Western market. From traditional textile decorations on clothes, they developed tapestries or story cloths.

    These oversize squares were transformed into tablecloths, pillowcases, and wall decorations. They also inspired household and accessory items including cup coasters, aprons, bags, jewelry, and stuffed animals.

    These items are now often sold at local art festivals and craft shows. These days they still dress up in their best embroidery clothes to be seen in public with friends, and engage in courtship with boys through ball tossing and folk song singing activities. The methods and techniques utilized for making Hmong clothes have changed over time. Items are not necessarily sewn by hand any longer.

    Cotton and synthetic fabrics are now preferred over hemp as the latter is heavy and difficult to find. Many elders do not have time to teach these traditions to their grandchildren. For the reasons above, the Hmong art of making paj ntaub may be lost among future generations. You can also help by buying products in our webshop!

    Xauv that varied from 1 to 5 rings. My favorite xauv are the original layer xauv from the Luang Prabang and and Sayaboury region of Laos. Tapered, round, and hollow — the torques are beautiful. Hmoob Moos Pheeb pair their outfits with xauv ncais. This type of silver necklace can be simple or more elaborate decorated with different links and ornaments.

    The xauv ncais that I am wearing in the photo is an old traditional xauv. This xauv has a higher percentage of silver than the xauv that are currently being sold today. Typically, green lines are appliqued along the taab tab. I love collecting and investing in Hmong skirts.

    A single skirt consists of yards of fabric! Just imagine the amount of time it takes to make one skirt. Honestly, if I spend my time making one I would never sell it. A lot of you have been waiting to see my finished paj ntaub cog ci outfit. I plan on sharing that outfit next and followed by my sequin princess hat or tutorial.


    Hmong green clothes