Oma Embroidery Pouches

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Oma Embroidery Pouches

18.00

Detailed hand-stitched embroidery typical of their traditional motifs from the Oma ethnic group living in the northern highlands of Laos.

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Color + Pattern: spirals + shells, spirals + blue wave, spirals + triangles, spirals + red/white wave, flowers

Size: 4.5" x 8"

Ethnic Group/Region: Oma living in the northern highlands of Laos

Artisan Enterprise: Traditional Arts & Ethnology Center (TAEC), Luang Prabang, Laos

About:  "The Oma are an ethnic group living in the far north of Laos, traditionally in highland areas, practicing swidden agriculture. They are more recent immigrants to Laos – having relocated here in the 19th century. They belong to the Sino-Tibetan ethnolinguistic family, and are often grouped with the Akha peoples, though they themselves do not necessarily identify themselves as Akha. Their languages are not mutually comprehensible, and their traditional clothing is distinct.

The Oma are well known for their graphic black and red appliqué work, and the silver headdresses and ornamentation women wear. Generally, the blue-black or white heavy cotton they use as a base for their clothing and handicrafts is handwoven and dyed in their community, while the red cloth or embroidery thread applied is bought from traders or the market.  

Their embroidery is painstaking and detailed – it is exceedingly slow work to create the even and colorful designs that adorns their clothing and these products."

Source: TAEC, used with permission

Care: Gentle wash or hand wash in cold water with mild soap. Do not soak. Line dry or tumble dry low. Iron as needed.