Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America at The San Joaquin County Historical Museum | Visit Stockton
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Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America at The San Joaquin County Historical Museum

Admission: Adults (18-64): $5; Seniors (65+): $4; Teens (13-17): $4; Children (6-12): $2; SJC Historical Society members: Free

Location: Erickson Building @ The San Joaquin County Historical Museum

11793 N Micke Grove Road
Lodi, California 95240

Email: info@sanjoaquinhistory.org
Phone: (209) 331-2055

Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America at The San Joaquin County Historical Museum

The San Joaquin County Historical Museum is proud to present Cloth as Community:Hmong Textiles in America. Cloth as Community is a program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and National Endowment for the Arts.

June 22 - October 20, 2019

The story of Hmong textile production in the diaspora reflects the radical upheaval in the external environment that Hmong refugees experienced. In traditional Hmong life in Asia, women produced complex clothing that established clan identity through abstract geometric designs in the textiles, created by embroidery, appliqué, reverse appliqué, and indigo batik (by the Green Hmong). The designs reflect a deep animist philosophy and are inspired by nature. They continue to influence the aesthetic choices of contemporary makers, even as those choices were mediated by refugee experiences and economic concerns. Historically, textiles in village life were not sold, but they held important spiritual protections, such as the colorful baby carriers and hats designed to disguise the children from evil forest spirits who might try to steal their souls. In refugee camps and later the diaspora, the sale of textiles generated important income for families, as it created conditions for innovation, such as the embroidered story cloth.

If you have any question please contact us at info@sanjoaquinhistory.org.

Museum Hours:

  • Wednesday through Sunday: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Museum Admission:

  • Adults (18-64): $5
  • Seniors (65+): $4
  • Teens (13-17): $4
  • Children (6-12): $2
  • SJC Historical Society members: Free

Per vehicle parking fee required to enter Micke Grove Park. $5 per vehicle (weekdays) and $6 (weekends and holidays).


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