Hmong Needlework: Development of Interior Decoration Patterns and Products for a Creative Economy

  •  Thongchue Khiatthong    
  •  Kla Somtrakool    
  •  Pirat Tidpard    


This research examines the inherited embroidery techniques of the Hmong ethnic group in Northern Thailand. This intricate and valuable handicraft is used to create garments for traditional ceremonies and rituals but its general reputation for the creation of everyday items is on the wane in the face of more popular global fashions. This study investigates the possibility of creating a larger variety of product development for use in interior housing decoration, such as curtains, pillow-cases and place-mats. The researchers conclude that, with the correct development of products, systematic collection of design models and simpler needlework techniques for inheritance, Hmong embroidery can battle the Western styles for a place in the everyday life of the consumer and generate a higher earning potential for the ethnic community.

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