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Miao costumes are very skilfully made with very rich colours and great artistry in expressing local motifs. The crafts of embroidery, batik dyeing, appliqué, quilting, weaving and silversmithery have been handed down from generation to generation. Miao girls learn to embroider and do batik dyeing from the age of six or seven. Girls who live near water often use fish and shrimp designs as motifs, whilst those who live in the mountainous areas use flower and bird designs. Flat stitch and cross-stitch are widely used and in some areas, such as south-east Guizhou girls also use braid, crêpe and plaited embroidery. The flat embroidery is bright and smooth with delicate, clear patterns of animals and plants. The cross-stitch is done on the reverse side of the fabric, the patterns appearing on the obverse side or on both sides. The designs are neat, symmetrical stylised flowers, butterflies, birds, animals and geometric patterns. Many motifs used in Sichuan, Guizhou and Yunnan are similar to those used by the Yao people of Guang Xi and of the Golden Triangle of northern Thailand who are of the same ethnic origin. The designs used in south-eastern Guizhou are similar to the ancient Chinese Chu culture and other designs are similar to those used by the Han, Manchu, Yi, Buyi and Dong peoples of China, showing their ethnic relationship to those cultures.appliqué, quilting, weaving and silversmithery have been handed down from generation to generation. 

Length 96cm, width 132cm, weigth 405gr.

 


Price: € 250,00