Hmong Paj Ntaub Coin Purse in Black & Orange
Ovid Market Finds :: Paj Ntaub Coin Purse
I ducked into a small store off a side street to find row and rows of intricately made, brightly colored pouches and purses. I was immediately drawn towards these beautiful pieces. The shop owner emerged from the back to explain the materials to me. These are purses made by the Hmong, and the fabric comes from a large market in Sapa, Northern Vietnam. Scraps from skirts and other traditional garments are cut up into these small purses and pouches and are a way for the women to make money.
The Hmong have a rich story which they often tell through fabric and weaving. The Paj Ntaub (pronounced Pan-Dow) means "Flower Cloth" and holds special significance. It is made from hemp and designed with intricate embroidery and applique techniques. This and batik dyeing are common in Hmong tradition textiles, as are the Story Cloths, which are visual stories of their history, from agricultural life to war and exile. (Source: Wikipedia and VisualCulture09)
Good for coins, credit cards, earbuds and other random things in your purse you want to keep organized. I use these as a jewelry pouch when traveling.
In effort to support local artisan communities and cultures, beyond purchasing directly from them, The Ovid Collective will donate a portion of the proceeds to charities benefiting these communities directly.
Since I used to live in Wausau, Wisconsin, an area which welcomed one of the largest Hmong refugee communities in the US, I will donate back to this community where I first learned about Hmong culture, The Hmong American Center, has been selected.
I will place a minimum threshold to donate that I will personally fulfill should I not sell all these items (to ensure there is a meaningful donation.) Thanks for your purchase which makes this possible!
• Paj Ntaub, Flower Cloth, motif in bright orange and red with black and white accent embroidery, back side is multi-color striped fabric.
• Hemp, recycled from dresses and textiles from the Hmong community; nylon lining
• Small black zipper closure
• Dimensions: 12cm wide, 9cm high