A11: This is also a sofa pillowcase paj ntaub made by the Hmong for Westerners and tourists. It is an abstract geometric appliqué with each overlapping cotton cloth patch sewn onto the red background in a method known as quilting. The purple frame is used as a border.

Sold by OTOP, Thailand, 2005, 45x46 cm
Photo by Noah Vang, item at the Hmong Archives

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A12: This piece was constructed utilizing very basic appliqué techniques. The motifs include

mountains, and a pinwheel. Each triangle shape was cut individually and sewn as appliqué onto

the layover cloth.


By OTOP, 2005, 42x43 cm

Photo by Xai S. Lor, item at the Hmong Archives

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A13: This tapestry was constructed utilizing an appliqué method. The motifs found in the tapestry

include mountains. The frog is not a motif, but rather the subject/figure of the tapestry. Its mouth

was embroidered in chain stitches, and its eyes were constructed utilizing chain stitches.


By Pan Yang, 1998, 41x45 cm

Photo by Xai S. Lor, item at the Hmong Archives

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A14: This tapestry was constructed in appliqué. A chicken eye motif was embroidered and is used

as an embellishment. The figure represented on the tapestry is a duck. This piece was made to

be used as a wall decoration, perhaps in a nursery room.


By an unknown artist, 1980s - 1990s, 32x33 cm

Photo by Xai S. Lor, item at the Hmong Archives

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A15: It is very unusual to see artwork of this nature in the Hmong community. Typically an animal tapestry is constructed with embroidery needlework; however, this one was completed utilizing appliqué. Different cotton color pattern fabrics were cut into the shape of animals and sewn as appliqué onto a piece of cloth. This piece is similar to a quilt. The mountain motif was sewn as appliqué and functions as a border.

By an unknown artist, Laos, 2010, 137x95 cm
Photo by Xai S. Lor, item at the Hmong Archives

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A16: This is a “new concept” appliqué story cloth from Laos. It was made in 2011 and sold in the Night Market in Luang Prabang, one of three purchased for the Hmong Archives collections. Chamee Lauj has been inspired to make such creations for the tourist trade there. The method used involves appliqué with outline embroidery stitches. The piece contains cotton and synthetic materials. The appliqué figures resemble the Hmong moj zeej (shadows or spirits); however, they include complete faces with eyes, noses, and mouths. The story depicted on this blanket is not familiar, and is left up to the viewer’s interpretation in the ever changing and innovative world of Hmong paj ntaub.

By Chamee Lauj, Laos, 2012, 86x113 cm
Photo by Xai S. Lor, item at Hmong Archives

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A17: This tapestry is oversized, and as big as a blanket. It was sold at the Night market in Luang

Prabang. The two purple figures depict demons. On the tapestry, there is written text. It says

“A long time ago, a ghost caught and ate a human. This made the earth empty. When the king

saw this he told his daughter to come to the earth and help the humans.” The story depicted on

the appliqué is most likely Laotian in origin.


By Chamee Lauj, 2012, 158x227 cm

Photo by Xai S. Lor, item at the Hmong Archives

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