Picture, Needlework

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Description Hmong story cloth. Hand-pieced and embroidered; cotton. Central rectangle (10 1/8" H x 8 7/16" W) has embroidered images: upper center is concentric circles with transecting lines and central 8-pointed star, numerals in sections of the circles, all is encircled with images of (clockwise from top) a bird, snake (with arrow and "1989" to upper right), horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, pig, rat, unknown quadruped, unknown quadruped, and rabbit; bottom center is a checkered square, in most of the interior squares are circles, x's or squares; lower right is an orange-brown rectangle with a yellow band at top and a purple band at bottom; lower left is a rabbit with "LUAV XYOO / 1987" below. From central rectangle are narrow gray border; narrow white border; broad blue and gray triangles border; narrow white border; narrow gray border; broad blue border. Outer border folded over onto back; backing is white-cream muslin with running stitches from border attachments showing.

Story cloth ,as per donor, was drafted by his cousin, Saylee Vang, and made by Saylee's sister, Chue Vang. It was drafted in Milwaukee, WI and made in Refugee Camp Ban Vinai, Pakchom, Loei, Thailand. It was made and drafted in 1989. This type of story cloth is used by hunters and travelers to predict a safe, lucky and good time for hunting or traveling. If user doesn't know the year, then user may use the rabbit's year (1987) or the snake's year (1989) for the base; figure years clockwise and figure days counterclockwise.

Story cloth: "paaj ntaub". Her, Vincent. "Hmong Americans Three Decades in Wisconsin". Voyageur, Vol. 26, No. 1, Summer/Fall 2009.
Dimensions H-19 W-17 inches
Year Range from 1989
Year range to 1989
Medium Fabric
Object ID 2003.52.1
Object Name Picture, Needlework
Place of Origin Milwaukee, WI/Thailand
People Vang, Saylee
Vang, Chue
Used Hunting/Traveling
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