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Hmong spread 6 by Majnouna Hmong spread 6 by Majnouna
About ruddy time I got this moving again! Poor Hmong!
I couldn't find the original terms for all the motifs, so if any of my Hmogn watchers can help... :)

The dark pieces are from a Black Hmong tunic from Sapa, Viêt Nam, the others are belt panels from White Hmong in Thailand.

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LeeP001 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks for sharing!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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annemator-08 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hey!
wow its good to see that you put something up like this. Hmong people dont get much publicity, especially their crafts. i'm Hmong, to be honest, and i'm glad someone put something up [i actually thought of posting up some of my mum's works, but she doesn't do much as she use to]. im part of the white hmong group, and like you said we work with embroidery and reverse applique. im pretty sure my mum is very skilled in this area because she use to make a living out of this, back in the days. [she would make them for a few cents or so]. I'm an Australian though, and so you dont hear much about us, but its the same over here. We love to share our culture to our community :D
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very sorry to have waited so long to respond to you, but I had a hard time catching up for a while :) I'm very glad you like it, and I really should finish this project. I love Hmong culture for the little I saw of it in Southeast Asia and I hope I can focus on it again at some point this year.
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:iconannemator-08:
annemator-08 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
it'll be great to see the end result. keep up the good work :D
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Cheers :)
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:iconmaileehawj:
maileehawj Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2010
YOU ARE AMAZING!
Where are u finding all these information?? I am Hmong and have very little knowledge about these things, as I believe most Hmong my generation. Ur spreads are definitely something that my generation will appreciate in the present and future. Are u by any chance planning on releasing your Hmong book anytime soon? Cause I'd be so interested in purchasing one.
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Sorry for the late reply :) I travelled to Vietnam, Thailand and Laos, where I visted villages of various Hmong groups and was able to buy artifacst as well as local, specialized publications that helped me a lot with many details. I'm guilty of leaving this project aside for the longest time, but I really should make it a point to complete it as soon as I can... Thanks for the nudge!
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NoviceXyooj Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Student
I really admire your dedication. Its always make me smile knowing that others not of my ethnic knows alot about my culture.

Being Hmong American, I am out of tune with my own culture... Being raise in both culture its hard for the younger generation to maintain these values.

I have a link that can provide you with some of the correct translation, though I'm convince this site leans toward the slang of Green Hmong, just a tabs toward it.

But translation wise its more emphasize on White Hmong.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Professional General Artist
I am waaaay late in responding to comments, but thank you! I would love that link if possible.
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NoviceXyooj Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Student
[link]

haha silly me I forgot to post the link.
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007
This is fascinating! Thank you for posting it. I learned something today -- didn't know much about batik other than that it's done with wax resists and dyeing, but not about any traditional symbols or anything. The tiger's face looks more like a heart, goes to show!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007  Professional General Artist
Glad oyu enjoyed it! Yes, I wanted to include the tiger's face because when I was in Laos, I kept seeing these heart motifs everywhere and thought, "This isn't very traditional!" Turns out it was! Very interesting :D
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robertsloan2 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2007
It's very neat looking and much cooler now that I know it's a tiger's face!
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luckystar01 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
very beautiful :love thanks for the info :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2007  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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:iconluckystar01:
luckystar01 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007
* :love:
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zarkidtk Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Student General Artist
Wow, this is informative!
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Professional General Artist
Good good!
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Minstrel-Ayreon Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
The more I see this, the more I think this is the kind of book I would've liked to read when I was little...you can imagine almost being able to touch everything, the way you've displayed it and taken the pictures of them so the three-dimensionality of them really shows. :)

(Yes, I was a BIG geek even at an early age...I preferred non-fiction to fiction then. ;) )
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2007  Professional General Artist
Same here, which is probably why I'm making them :) Glad you like!
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Red-Hmong Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
Heheh wow you know some stuff i don't even know >_<
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
It's normal, I've been digging :D
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chronoqua Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007
WOW!!!
loving this
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
Good to hear :)
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yoboseiyo Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007
wow, that fabric is awesome!
i really like the way you have the designs listed and the explanations. really kewl!
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2007  Professional General Artist
Glad you liked it :)
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Osa-Art-Farm Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007
Interesting. I never stopped to think those designs were symbolic. But of course they are. I see them frequently where I live. Our city is a place where the Hmong have been encouraged to resettle in the US after leaving their homeland. There is large populatiion here.
At craft fairs their booths are filled with bright, colorful sewn items. Tote bags, eyeglass cases, pillows, ornaments. Many are wall hangings. The reoccuring designs are either intricate geometic maze type patterns appliqued on a fabric base or very detailed hand embroidered 'stories' with figures doing activities.

Best of all, they introduced me to different varities of vegetables via the farmer's markets! Their booth's are also filled with beautiful cut flowers. It is very popular for them to rent garden plots outside the the city to grow things. They are out there every day from early spring to late fall, planting, weeding, watering and harvesting. In winter, huge bundles of sticks are stood upright like teepees for use in the next season.
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2007  Professional General Artist
Yes, there are many Hmong in the US, and the contact of the two cultures is creating a new subculture for them :) They're very interesting, I was lucky to encounter them in their ancestral homeland.
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Hindorf Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007  Student Artisan Crafter
nice :)
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
:)
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futurowoman Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007   Photographer
This is great!
there are many thousands of hmong immigrants in my home town and the area around it. they began to come in the 1970s during the war and have added a lot of interesting culture and initiative to california. i always like to learn about their culture. :clap:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
It seems the Hmong in the US are like the Armenians here :)
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futurowoman Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007   Photographer
yeah, exactly! and actually, we have armenians, too! and they are contributing in those same ways here. :giggle:
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Majnouna Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
Sweet!
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Doublecrash Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2007
I know nothing about hmong.

That's the whole point. When you don't surprise me or amaze me, you teach me something :)
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:iconmajnouna:
Majnouna Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007  Professional General Artist
:bow: That's what I'm here for...
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Doublecrash Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
Indeed! :hug:
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