320 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith, AR 72901
The Fort Smith Museum of History will host CLOTH AS COMMUNITY: HMONG TEXTILES IN AMERICA with an opening reception for the exhibition beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2020.
Hmong flower cloth (or paj ntaub) is one of the world’s great textile traditions and an excellent example of cloth as community. Despite its deep roots in Hmong culture, this complex art was not widely known outside Asia until after the Vietnam War, when Hmong refugees arrived in the United States and at Fort Chaffee, AR.
The works illustrate the profound relevance of textiles as infrastructure in the Hmong culture, an art form that shifted as it adapted to fit new realities. Now visitors to the Fort Smith Museum of History can experience the exhibition, Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America, which opens Thursday, January 30, 2020, and runs through Saturday, March 14, 2020.
The exhibition features 28 textiles—flower cloths and embroidered story cloths—by those in the Hmong community.
* Please confirm directly with the promoter or box office to ensure event details have not changed.