Chinese Hmong (‘Miao’) Embroideries
Our beautiful collection of seventeen (17) vintage, handmade, and hand-embroidered panels is from the Chinese Hmong (also known as ‘Miao’) people in southwest China. It includes a variety of sizes, patterns, techniques and colors. All embroidery is in fine silk thread and some pieces even include small metal inserts for added interest. Motifs include charming renditions of animals, insects and mythological beasts, plus floral motifs and some figures. These panels would have embellished ceremonial festival costumes.
These are in very good condition (some are unused) and only a few show wear from age (one has holes, shown in detail photo). This quality of embroidery is rarely being made anymore.
This set of embroideries would be a great study collection coupled with these two references below, both featuring textiles from the Gina Corrigan Collection:
Ruth Smith; Miao Embroidery From South West China; 2005
Ruth Smith, Ed.; Minority Textile Techniques: Costumes from South West China; 2007
Size: Please see images for relative sizes (Note 9V battery for scale)