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Lao Mien Embroidery: Migration and Change
   


  ISBN : 9789748496412
  WL Order Code :  E21807
  Price :  US$28.00
  Bangkok 1995,
  126 pp., 40 pp. illus. in col., 210 x 295 mm Weight  0.600 kg
  Goldman, Ann Yarwood; Lao Mien Embroidery: Migration and Change
   
 
 
   
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The Lao Mien, a subgroup of the Chinese Yao, lived in relative isolation in northwest Laos until the Vietnam War when great numbers were forced out of their villages and into refugee centers in Laos and later in Thailand. In the 1980s many thousands of them were resettled in the United States, Canada and France. As these emigrations tore them away from age-old traditions their embroidery, an essential skill of every woman, used on all her clothing, began to reflect the changing situation of the Mien. As they came in contact with others, Mien women added new designs and colors to their embroidery. As commercial threads became available, the embroidery became more colorful and the colors more uniform. With reliable incomes, most women now order finished Mien clothing from relatives still in Thailand, Laos and China. The clothing is seldom worn but stored—in the hope that somehow the cultural traditions of the Mien will thus be preserved.
 

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