Story cloths originated during a pivotal time in the history of a specific cohort of Hmong people from Laos. During confinement in refugee camps in Thailand, Hmong women applied their superior needlework skills to create a new art form. These embroidered story cloths visually convey lived experiences and cultural heritage. Following the closure of the last refugee settlement, story cloths have become a dying art. Dr. Linda Gerdner has been collecting story cloths for over two decades, with a discerning eye for quality of stitches and diversity of content. Her collection includes 51 of these unique textile arts. The presentation will include a photographic sampling of these meticulously embroidered textiles along with a discussion that includes unique attributes and cultural significance.This presentation is based on the book, Hmong Story Cloths: Preserving Historical and Cultural Treasures, published in 2015 by Schiffer Publishing.
Dr. Gerdner has an earned doctorate in nursing in aging and a minor in anthropology. She served as an ethnogeriatric specialist at Stanford University. Since 2002, her research have focused on the Hmong American community.Ticket Information
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