E1138: Hmong Bookmark Cross-stitch, brown/grey ribbon, "THAI"
8:Communication Artifacts ➞ Documentary Artifact ➞ Bookmark
"THAI" cross-stitched on top of Aida cloth in blue
fabric ➔ cloth ➔ ribbon
fabric ➔ cloth ➔ cotton
fabric ➔ thread ➔ embroidery thread
25 cm L
1.75 cm W
Provenance of Object:
Hmong immigrants in Decorah, Iowa sold or gave to donor Marilyn Anderson. However, object may have been made overseas in a refugee camp.
Asian ➞ Hmong
This functions as a bookmark, but the Hmong creation of bookmarks in the 1970s-1980s is interesting as Hmong had been nearly exclusively an oral language (Michigan Hmong Arts 34).
Hmong, Laos, Thailand, Decorah, Iowa
January 30 2015