detail embroidery

seeing this shocked me

where was this done?

who embroidered it?

  • feather 9y

    wow. this is one of life's stunning mysteries! i hope you get to the bottom of this! i think it would be worth getting to know the story behind this embroidered history.

    i showed it to my boyfriend who said, without joking "i recognize the gun, that's an AK47, a kilashnikov"... i said how do you know what that is? and he said that is what it looks like. it's used all over.... but it's not used by (western) european forces, or US forces. he said "it can't be that long ago either, since your man is using a flame thrower, right?"

    but then he says, it is an embroidered gun... so he can't be sure.
  • feather 9y

    are those trousers or dismembered body parts on the left of this image?
  • karibombari 9y

    thanks for thinking with me here. I think like you they might symbolised people who died during this ordeal.
    It so harsh and the pink flowers dotted in between makes it look too sweet and innocent.
    The people holding the kids hands as well, frozen in time, makes it painfull to look at it.
    How come it ended up in a rumble sale?
  • ohbara 9y

    Here is yet another link:
    www.quiltethnic.com/hmong.html

    And that one has lots more links, too.
  • feather 9y

    oh wow, éireann, that is amazing. thanks for adding this info! thanks to kari for sharing this work.

    stunning. so in this image, the hmong artist is depicting an escape from communist khmer rouge, which explains the russian-made AK-47 (Automatic Kalashnikov). incredible, if you think about the amount of detail and accuracy in that image. if they had the guns right, then the other details are gorily accurate.

    my first friend was a laotian refugee, her name was milo, and her big brother's name was something like shoe-tongue (obviously not his name, but i was 6) he was cool because he could ride a 10 speed. it was not until much much later i knew about how they came to the states, and the unimaginable experiences their family had.

    it's amazing the role these people played in fighting a war for the US with no recognition.
    www.jefflindsay.com/Hmong_tragedy.html

    oh wow. this is really amazing work. it's a shame, as i read in the articles linked by éireann that the young people are not continuing these traditions.
  • Soozs 9y

    I have posted some pics on my Flickr site Soozs of various textiles from the region and one of a Hmong woman at work in Northern Thailand.
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