Blue Hmong / Ceremonial Skirt / 20th centuryBlue Hmong
Ceremonial Skirt
20th century

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Creator Nationality: Asian; Southeast Asian; Hmong
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Name-CRT: Blue Hmong
Title: Ceremonial Skirt
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1900
Creation End Date: 1999
Creation Date: 20th century
Object Type: Costume and Jewelry
Materials and Techniques: cotton, silk
Dimensions: L.24-3/4 x W.30 (waist, without ties) in.
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 82.138
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John M. Hartwell

It is thought that the Hmong people originally lived in central China, and over a time period of several centuries some groups have migrated into Southeast Asia. During this process, Hmong groups have developed distinctive clothing traditions. Many Blue Hmong women are skilled indigo dyers and create elaborate resist dyed patterns on cotton or hemp fabric. This fabric is further decorated with cross stitch embroidery and sometimes appliqué and then sewn into intricately pleated skirts.

New clothing is made for the annual New Year festival and thereafter worn for daily wear during the following year. For the Hmong people, new clothing celebrates the good fortune of the past year and is a sign of future prosperity.

AMICA ID: MIA_.82.138
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 2001
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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