It takes a few months of daily work to complete a full costume of clothes for the coming child. The Hmong are considered masters of batik, embroidery and applique and their skills are widely respected by textiles collectors.
Making baby’s clothes reflects Hmong mother’s devotion to her children and provides an opportunity to show her skills learned from her own mother. The designs used cannot be identical to that of any other that is known in the village. In fact, each child’s shoes have their own unique motifs woven into them in recognition of the unique character of each child.
Length: 17cm, 6.6 inches
Width: 6cm, 2.4 inches
Period: Circa 1960s