Hmong Story Cloth

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A Hmong story cloth or Paj Ntaub, is a textile art that is embroidered and practiced by Hmong men and women to record and retell the stories of my Hmong community. And when I was little, I found one of my grandmother’s unfinished story cloths. It was raggedy, stained in one corner, and smelled of mold and mildew. The pink and green threads that were once so bright had become tangled and faded as it simply trailed of the embroidered art. On this story cloth, it told the story of desperate Hmong refugees crossing the Mekong river from Laos into Thailand. Regardless of so, the stained and unembellished cloth could no longer finish its own story as my grandmother’s hands became unable to handle the fine needle art. I picked it up knowing that I was holding my Hmong community’s history in my hands but threw it away without acknowledgement of who I was. Without realizing it though, I became the very person to continue embroidering its …show more content…

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