|Contemporary Hmong Embroidery|
|The pictorial embroidery below was made by
Mee Van (age 79), who came from Laos to the US in 1983. She made the
embroidery in 1988 to tell the story of her family and friends' escape
from their village of Nasou, as they fled from their homes.
The story begins at the top, where at the left we see Communist government troops fighting Vietnamese soldiers. At the upper and middle right of the piece is a whole fascinating range of village activities, both work and play. Then we see people starting their long trek south and westward, even setting up temporary camps along the way. They finally reach the Mekong River, which some float across on inner tubes. They are met by Thai Immigration officials, where they are interrogated and furnished with papers for their trip to the US. There's a refugee camp at the bottom, and finally, at the lower left, they head for busses and a plane that will take them overseas.
My thanks to May Moua, niece of Mee Van, for furnishing this delightful embroidery. (This piece is not for sale.)
Please scroll both left to right and up and down to see all portions of this extraordinary personal textile.