Jason Schoonover Collection - 3D virtual exhibition by Lee Pao Xiong

Jason Schoonover Collection

Sat, 05/15/2021 to Wed, 12/15/2021

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The Center for Hmong Studies recently acquired over 547 artifacts from author Jason Schoonover. The items displayed as a part of this exhibit is from this collection. Mr. Schoonover is a writer, adventurer, expedition leader, ethnologist, archaeologist, paleontologist, geologist, canoeist, naturalist, photographer and Fellow Emeritus, Stefansson Medalist, Citation of Merit awardee, and on the Honor Roll of The Explorers Club--was brought up on farms, villages and towns in Saskatchewan, Canada, and cities like Saskatoon and Vancouver. This explains why he feels equally at home canoeing in the remote north of his homeland, one of his passions, and living in mega-cities like Bangkok.

On his first solo around the world, stringing travel as a photo-journalist to Canadian and U.S. dailies, he discovered a new and fascinating career in Asia--anthropological collecting for museums internationally. He moved to Bangkok in 1982. This exciting lifestyle led to the publication in 1988 of his first adventure novel, The Bangkok Collection, which became the Bantam international paperback bestseller Thai Gold the following year.

As you can see in this exhibit, Hmong clothing and textile is a diversified as the number of individuals who make it, from ethnic Miao groups in China to the Hmong Americans in the United States. Hmong clothing is often associated with the Hmong identity. There are linguistic and regional differences in Hmong clothing styles. White Hmong women, for example, wear white skirts while Green Hmong woman wear batik and colorfully embroidered skirts. Hmong from Vietnam use darker colors, while Hmong/Miao from Guizhou wear bright colors. Within each village or group of Hmong, there ,may be a local distinction of paaj/paj ntaub stitchery, created by an inventive woman in the village. Paj ntaub/paaj ntaub is a medium that changes as individuals add their mark and create new designs.

Even so, there is a similarity in the styles across this minority group. That is, Hmong women make and wear wide skirts that are pleated so that it fans out, there is a sev or apron-like sash worn in the front and back from the waist to the mid-calf, the shirts are wrapped closed in the front with paaj/paj ntaub borders. From China to Laos and Thailand, this style of ethnic clothing distinguishes the Hmong from the surrounding ethnic groups.

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