Summary

Embroidered banner made by members of the Hmong community in Victoria, in 1990. It tells the story of a tiger who steels a man's identity. The Victorian Hmong community developed after many Hmong fled from Laos in 1975 and arrived in Australia in mid 1980s after spending time in Thai refugee camps. The women of the Victorian Hmong community produced and sold these types of works at the Fitzroy Craft Market to supplement family income.

Fine needlework has always been a source of great pride to Hmong women and girls are taught to sew at age seven or eight. This type of embroidered panel is "Paj Ntaub Tib Neeg" also called "story cloth." These pictorial embroideries developed very recently in Hmong history, when Hmong men began to draw elements of traditional Hmong stories to help make sure they would be remembered during the times of change. Women began to have the men draw these pictures onto fabric so that they could stitch the stories on cloth.

Physical Description

Rectangular navy banner with no padding. There is an appliqued border consisting of a plain blue band on the outer edge, a narrow band in grey, then one in white, a zigzag pattern of blue and grey, and finally a narrow band in white. The centre of the banner uses fabric and embroidery threads to tell the story of a tiger who steels a man's identity after he watches him kill a gibbon. There is English text to tell the story above each scene. The people in the story are depicted in traditional work dress.

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