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CAMACRAFTS is a non-profit, self-help project which markets handicrafts from the Lao P.D.R. These crafts are handmade by Lao and Hmong village women using traditional patterns and skills.
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Lifescenes depict village life of Hmong and Lao people Lifescenes depict the everyday village life of thousands of Hmong and Lao people. The pictorial wall hangings reflect a culture which relies heavily on oral tradition to tell the story of its people. These stories are translated into cloth. The Lifescene contains images of Hmong and Lao life that are embroidered onto “story cloth.”

Lifescene producers are pleased and proud to be able to show other people their way of life. Each Lifescene portrait is a unique original - no two are alike! The artist stitches a unique scene and story on each individual work. There are no patterns as Lifescenes are based on life experiences and events of the artist. Artisans will stitch such scenes as typical village homes, feeding animals, and planting and harvesting rice.

CAMACRAFTS offers three styles of Lifescenes: Hmong, Lao and Animal. The first style, Hmong, is made and produced by Hmong women who embroider scenes typical to the daily life of the Hmong people group. Lao style Lifescenes feature characteristic scenes of the Lao people living in villages. Finally, the Animal style of Lifescene features various animals that the Hmong or Lao producers come in regular contact with.

All cross-stitch and embroidered lifescenes are sewn with colorfast, washable products. In order to increase the longevity of the embroidery we recommend handwashing each article. Do not wring. Lay flat to dry so that the shape is not distorted. If the cloth is wrinkled after drying, iron the wrong side but not the side displaying the embroidery.

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