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Threads of Life: Hemp and Gender in a Hmong Village

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A hand-woven textile is generally intimately connected to a specific locale, and often to a specific climate and terrain. In terms of time, however, it can link the present with the past through acquired traditions. On one level, Threads of Life: Hemp and Gender in a Hmong Village (1994, 28 minutes), filmed in a village in the mountains of northern Thailand (Chang Khian), chornicles the steps involved in the transformation of the bark of hemp plants into cloth. On another level, it is also an examination of the complex relationships between men and women in the Hmong culture, and a look at the effect of modern industrialization on traditional practices.

Keywords: Hmong culture; Thailand; gender; modern industrialization; relationships; tradition

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: University of Tennessee

Publication date: March 1, 1995

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