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Hmong Storycloths (XL) Hmong History

Hmong Storycloths (XL) Hmong HistoryWe are very proud that the Queensland Art Gallery purchased one of our XL Hmong History Storycloths and we made a screen shot of the listing of their storycloth now on exhibition in the Queensland Art Gallery.. It's nice to know our storycloths are museum quality!

These storycloths are similar to the storycloth featured in the children's book, Dia's Storycloth.. Several of the storycloths have been modified to include Wat Tham Krabok, the informal refugee camp based at a wat in Thailand where about 15,000 Hmong were allowed to come to the United States as refugees beginning in 2004.

We have priced these storycloths according to the quality of the embroidery, which really, for all, except one, is exceptional. The storycloth used to highlight this section is one we use when we do workshops on Laos and/or The Secret War.

They are not cheap, but if you think it takes one Hmong woman over a year to embroider one of these storycloths they are a bargain. And with the Hmong women in Laos, just like the rest of the world, having less free time, fewer of these storycloths are being embroidered and will in time become quite rare.

In the upper left corner you see depicted the Hmong fighting the Chinese as they flee southward into Laos, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam. To the right is Long Cheng, the military base for the CIA during the Secret War and where the headquarters of General Vang Pao was located. Over 40,000 Hmong lived here during the height of the Secret War. You can see a poster we sell of Long Cheng on our Yahoo Store here.

To the right of Long Cheng are embroidered scenes of the Hmong fighting the Communist Lao, most likely after the US pulled out of Laos and most Hmong were left without protection. You can see the long line of Hmong leading to Hin Heup bridge which they tried to cross but were stopped by the Communist Lao.

At the bottom of the cloth you can see the Mekong River which the Hmong had to cross into Thailand where they could then be placed into refugee camps, such as Ban Vanai. It was a dangerous crossing and the Hmong used whatever they could to float across the river, many drowning or being shot by the communist Lao.

And then at the middle of the bottom of the storycloth and to the left you can see the Hmong being processed at the Refugee camp before flying off in an airplane to a country, such as the US, Australia, or France where they became refugees.

In the middle of the storycloth the city of Vientiane, the capitol of Laos is represented, highlighted by the famous Patuxay Monument.

In several of our storycloths the women have added a section of where many Hmong had to stay in the informal refugee camp of Wat Tham Krabok, surrounded by a "barbed wire fence." This camp was closed down in 2004, but not before about 15,000 Hmong gained refugee status and were able to come to the states, the last influx of Hmong refugees from the Secret War which ended in 1973.

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Hmong Storycloths (XL) Hmong History