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The Language of Hemp: a Hmong story

High in the misty mountains of Northern Laos the rare sounds of Hmong weaving can be heard. With the end of hemp harvest in October, the yarns are prepared and weaving begun. Like all textile producers in Laos, the Hmong make items for the household like blankets and bags, for clothing, and for ceremonial purposes. Traditionally, the fabric of choice would be hemp. Nowadays, as they move down from the highlands, many
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