Cloth As A Community:
Hmong Textiles in America
Opens Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm and runs through Saturday, March 14th 5:00 p.m.
Hmong flower cloth (or paj ntaub) is one of the world’s great textile traditions and an excellent example of cloth as community. Despite its deep roots in Hmong culture, this complex art was not widely known outside Asia until after the Vietnam War, when Hmong refugees arrive in the United States. The works illustrate the profound relevance of textiles as infrastructure in the Hmong culture, an art form that shifted as it adapted to fit new realities. Now visitors to Fort Smith Museum of History can experience the exhibition, Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America, opening Thursday, January 30th at 6:00 p.m. The exhibition features 28 textiles—flower cloths and embroidered story clothes—by those in the Hmong community.