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Business Profile: Hmong Handicrafts

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Left to right: quilts and pillows each with a unique pattern and color sequence, owner Ly Vang posing in front of his store, a handmade blanket embroidered with the nation of Laos. (Source: The City of Minneapolis).

Hmong Handicrafts, located in the Midtown Global Market, is a colorful business with beautiful items that have the Hmong culture woven in every stitch of fabric. In addition to the unique arts and crafts, you will find the owner Ly Vang is happy to share the history of the Hmong culture. This family-owned business has a history of its own: over 25 years ago, Ly began helping his mother create and sell Hmong crafts and homegrown vegetables at the Saint Paul Farmers Market. To this day, Ly, along with his brother and sister, sell his handmade crafts and their vegetables at the Farmers Market on the weekends.

In 2016, City of Minneapolis Business Technical Assistance Program (B-TAP) partner, Neighborhood Development Center (NDC) worked with Ly to find space at the Midtown Global Market and assisted with leasing and financial planning.

Some of the popular Hmong handicraft items in the Midtown Global Market are purses, backpacks, and clothes created with recycled traditional Hmong clothing; and each item of clothing is from one of the vastly different regions of Laos.     

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Last updated Mar 19, 2018



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