Make and Take a HMong Batik

Schedule

Sat Jul 13 2024 at 10:00 am to 02:00 pm

UTC-05:00

Location

Room B22, 1001 Johnson Parkway, Saint Paul, MN, USA | Saint Paul, MN

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Come learn the art of traditional Hmong batik at our fun workshop!
About this Event

Experience the beauty and tradition of Moob (HMong) batik facilitated by artist Ka Oskar Ly as an effort to reclaim this ancestral craft.

What is Moob (HMong) Batik?

The art of HMong Batik is the meticulous application of wax onto textiles to create intricate indigo motif designs. This process, known as a "resist" print technique, entails carefully applying wax onto specified areas of the fabric before submerging it in indigo dye. After this, the fabric undergoes a boiling treatment to enable the wax to dissolve, ultimately unveiling the beautifully crafted motifs.

Batik textiles are used by HMong women to create clothing like shirts, pleated skirts, baby carriers, and more.

What will the workshop include?

Learn about the natural materials used in this art that have been passed down from generations of skilled artisans. Through the workshop, each person will create their own unique piece of batik design.

Participants are encouraged to exchange cultural knowledge and embrace their talent. The workshop includes materials and equipment. Batik kits will also be available to take home and continue your own practice.

Let your creativity and passion flow as you immerse yourself and deepen your connection to this timeless craft. Leave with a unique piece for yourself or as a gift for loved ones.

Scholarships are avaialble on a first come first serve basis. https://forms.gle/E8kp4Y6kJPnR25NS7

Event in partnership with the Textile Center.

Special thanks to Hmong Museum and RedGreen Rivers artisans Mang Thao, Ying Khang, and Song Thao from Southeast Asia.

About the artist: Ka Oskar Ly (they/she/nws/nwg) is a queer HMong interdisciplinary artist and cultural producer. Their work combines fiber arts, soft sculpture, installations, and community engagement inspired by ancestral lineage. Ka has had the privilege of learning HMong batik from RedGreen Rivers artisans Mang Thao, Ying Khang, and Song Thao in Southeast Asia. Ka has adapted these teachings to reconnect with the art form through facilitating knowledge sharing. Learn more about Ka at kaonwards.com @kaonwards.

This activity is made possible by the citizens of Minnesota through appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature and federal tax dollars received from the National Endowment for the Arts. This activity is also funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.


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Where is it happening?

Room B22, 1001 Johnson Parkway, Saint Paul, MN, USA, United States

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Tickets

USD 40.00

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