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Essays

The Weavings of War

Textiles from Vietnam, Laos and Thailand

Ariel Zeitlin Cooke

Artist unknown, Hmong Storycloth, (Thailand-Laos) (detail)handstitched, cotton-floss embroidery on mixed fibre, 63.5 x 76 cm, private collection. Photograph Simon Cherry.

Twenty-five years after the withdrawal of American troops from Vietnam, textile artists from Southeast Asia - mostly women - are still depicting their war experiences in cloth. Through the lens of their art we see images that once appeared nightly on western television screens - minefields, massacres and labour camps; helicopters, tanks, rifles and grenades - appearing in theā€¦

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