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Hat for a girl
13.1.7
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is a beautiful hand-stitched and embroidered hat. It was made by a Hmong girl living overseas. She used factory-made materials, but she has shown her true love of her culture and tradition. The technique and pattern decorated on her hat shows her dedication. This hat is made of two big pieces of cloth, stuck together with glue. Both sides are decorated with Hmong embroidery by cutting pieces of colored cloth into stripes, sewing the stripes onto bigger pieces of cloth and then filling the space with a cross-stitch pattern.

History of the Object
This hat was made by a Hmong woman in Minnesota as a gift to her cousin in Laos.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Appliqued factory-made cloth, embroidery, hand stitched, plastic foam, glue. 
Measurements
Height 26.7 cm. Length 37.5 cm.  
Creator name
Mrs. Nzhong 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Minnesota 
Geography
USA 
Time period
AD 20th century ~ AD 20th century 
Creation date
20th Century; 1999 
Function
This hat was used for a girl during the Hmong New Year and it is also suitable for one’s funeral garb – Hmong will keep one set of traditional clothes to be buried in when they die. 
Acquisition
Acquired by TAEC in 2010 from Mis Xongli at Ban Phonepheng, Luangprabang City and Province. She said she would sell this hat because she wanted to support her culture, preserve this object and show it to tourists. 
Copyright
 
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Owner
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre 
Museum
Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre 
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