Collection Highlights: Hmong Textiles

Collection Highlights: Hmong Textiles

November 15, 2020 — February 21, 2021

Collection Highlights: Hmong Textiles focuses on traditional textiles created, worn, and given by Hmong women to mark important stages of life from birth to death. Hmong women begin stitching paj ntaub, or “flower cloth,” at an early age and incorporate them into numerous creations throughout their lives. This exhibition features objects from the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s collection, ranging from a baby carrier to a funerary square. Women make paj ntaub to protect, celebrate, and honor their communities.  

This exhibition is supported by the Kohler Trust for Arts and Education, the Frederic Cornell Kohler Charitable Trust, Kohler Foundation, Inc., and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.